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Firm awards two Indigenous law student scholarships

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 10:23 AM | By John Chunn

As part of its commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law announced the recipients of its first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.

According to the Vancouver firm’s press release, it had initially intended to award one scholarship, but in the end it couldn't decide between the two finalists, Tagalik Eccles and Saul ‘Hazil’hba Brown, so decided to award them each a $5,000 scholarship.

Both recipients were chosen from a pool of nearly 100 applicants, all of whom demonstrated a commitment to serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous peoples.

Eccles is from Rankin Inlet (Kangiqtiniq) and a third-year law student in the Nunavut Law Program in Iqaluit.

For the past two summers, she has worked with Ilitaqsiniq — Nunavut Literacy Council, creating a closer connection with people in her community and learning what is needed for individuals and families to thrive. She also sits on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

‘Hazil’hba Brown is from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Heiltsuk Nations and a first-year law student in the joint degree program in Canadian common law and Indigenous Legal Orders at the University of Victoria.