Dylan Sunshine Waisman’s maternal family is Indigenous to the South Pacific, hailing from Fiji and the surrounding islands. Her paternal family are Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Sunshine received her European Law degree with honours in the UK and her Master’s in Law degree with a focus on human rights and migration law in the Netherlands. She wrote her Master’s thesis on extractive projects on ancestral Indigenous lands in Canada focusing on both the overlap and disconnect between Canadian law, International Law, and Indigenous Legal Traditions.
Her mother’s teachings of Fijian talanoa (storytelling), spirituality, ancestral strength, and honouring the land as a leader, have inspired her to pursue a path of upholding the rights of Indigenous peoples and the environment.
Sunshine currently works to uphold Indigenous rights in the criminal justice system as a Gladue Report Writer while completing examinations to become an accredited lawyer in Canada and volunteering at pro-bono legal clinics in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
In her free time, Sunshine loves cooking with her family, being on the ocean, reading, and playing Mario kart with her friends. She is very honoured and excited to be working at West Coast Environmental Law as a Summer Law Student.