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Summer Tyance

RELAW Communications Intern

Summer (she/her/they) is the RELAW Communications Intern at West Coast Environmental Law. They have Anishinaabe and Ukrainian ancestry, and are from Gull Bay First Nation located in Northwestern Ontario. She is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia majoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Some key research areas of interest being Indigenous Legal Traditions, Self-determination, Intersectionality, Oral Tradition, and Indigenous Governance. Summer has hopes to attend law school in the near future, with focus on Indigenous law.

Her work experience extends to having engaged with various Indigenous organizations such as Indigenous Services Canada, The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, and The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She prioritizes safety, transparency, and respect, as core values to her work and personal life. Obtaining justice for Indigenous peoples in a good way, being one significant career goal.

Outside of work and school, they have several other passions such as podcasting, poetry, art, traditional hand-drumming, and fancy shawl dancing. She also enjoys being out on the land as much as possible, partaking in swimming, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and skateboarding.