2019-2020 National Law Students Association
Vice-President First Nation
Boozhoo/Aaniin, Neoganaabeeg diishinakoz, Mooz ndotem, Winnipeg ndoonji. My name is Daphne Comegan (Four Winds Woman) and I am a second- year law student at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. I am an Anishinaabe woman from Lac Seul First Nation part of Treaty #3.
Civil Law/French Representative
Aanin kina wiya! Nbi-Kwe (Water Woman) ndishnikaaz, Chippewas of Rama First Nation ndoonjibaa. Waabzheshi ndoodem. My name is Samantha Craig-Curnow. I am from Rama First Nation in South-Central Ontario. I am from the Marten clan.
I am currently a 3/4L at Osgoode Hall Law School. I am a mother, an auntie, a sister, and wife. My daughter was born in the middle of my second year of law school. While this slowed my progress through my JD down a little, I will be graduating from Osgoode at the end of 2019 and will begin my articles in January with Professor Jeffery Hewitt, who is also the General Counsel at home in Rama.
While I am no longer an official member of the executive of the Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association (OISA), I have previously held the positions of Co-Chair, Director of Internal Communications, and 1L Rep. Now, I serve as an advisor, facilitating the transition of knowledge to upcoming students and assisting wherever possible.
Last year, I completed the Osgoode’s Intensive in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governance and have the privilege of being placed at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP (OKT). There, I had the opportunity to work on a number of family law files, including the development of Bill C-92 and a landmark Ontario Court of Appeal case interpreting the meaning of the Best Interests of the Child with regards to Indigenous children. Having established a good reputation in my only 7 weeks at the firm, I was invited to return for the summer of 2019 to work as a summer student at OKT. During the summer, I was able to branch out to a number of practice areas, assisting on matters ranging from corporate and commercials actions, to Small Claims Court claims, to judicial reviews, with a great mix of research thrown in as well.
Throughout law school, I have been involved in a number of different organizations and programs. In my 2L year, I was a part of the Osgoode Mediation Clinic where I developed a dispute resolution protocol for use across the York University campus in conflicts involving Indigenous people. I have sat as a member of the Indigenous Council which guides strategic planning for all of York University; am the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Education Council, guiding the provisions of support services, institution wide indigenization and decolonization, and supporting staff and faculty in engaging with Indigenous languages, values and cultures at Seneca College; and am a member of the Hitmen Lacrosse team, playing Sunday nights in Scarborough.