2019-2020 National Law Students Association

Nicolette Merasty

President

Daphne Comegan

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.

I am the Vice-President of Internal Relations of the Manitoba Indigenous Law Student’s Association. I graduated in 2018 with an Honours Degree in Criminal Justice and History from the University of Winnipeg. Before this, I worked for a lawyer as a legal assistant working mainly on IAP files, land claims, and family law. Some of my accomplishments include being featured in the Canadian Lawyer Magazine 2018 August issue as a student (super cool), being a mom, being a deadly softball pitcher, and beating cancer and addictions both which almost took my life on number of occasions

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Vice-President Inuit

Jacqueline Pelland

Vice-President Métis

JC Steele

JC Steele

Vice-President Finance

JC Steele is an Anishinaabe woman from Cote First Nation in Treaty 4 territory. She is currently a first-year law student with an ambition to work in Indigenous communities in the realm of economic development, land and resources, Treaty rights, and self-governance. JC is in a combined program with the Edwards School of Business and the College of Law and by 2022 will have both a bachelor of commerce and a Juris Doctor. In her undergrad, JC focused on accounting and marketing and continues to work with Creative Fire marketing firm as an Indigenous consultant. 
 
In 2018, she helped establish the Indigenous Business Students’ Society at the University of Saskatchewan and is now a first-year student representative for the Indigenous Business Students’ Association at the College of Law. Her past work experience is largely in human resources at both private and public organizations, including the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and the Province of Saskatchewan. In her spare time, JC loves to read, paint, listen to podcasts, and stay active with her dog Hudson.

Genevieve Benoit

External Communications

Peyton Delaurier-Smith

Civil Law/French Representative

Taryn Michel

Taryn Michel

First Year

Taryn is Anishinaabe Kwe from Michipicoten First Nation. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister and aunty to many. 
Prior to law school, Taryn worked for the N’Swakamok Friendship Centre as the Indigenous Family Youth Court-worker. Taryn also sat on a number of committees that focused on engaging Indigenous Youth to help them recognizing their important roles in the Justice System. 
In addition to being the first-year rep at the University of Ottawa Faculty Of Law, Taryn was recently elected as the National ILSA first-year rep. Taryn is very excited to take on the role of this position and is honoured to share & learn knowledge from you all. 

Samantha Myran

Second Year

Samantha Craig-Curnow

Samantha Craig-Curnow

Internal Communications

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.

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