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Saskatchewan student wins inaugural Indigenous law scholarship

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 1:46 PM | By John Chunn

Calvin Bricker, a Métis student at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, was recently announced as the inaugural winner of the Brian A. Crane/Gowling WLG Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.

According to a press release from Gowling WLG, the $5,000 scholarship was created in 2018 in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan’s Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre (NLC) and supports Indigenous students who are pursuing a career in law.

The scholarship also recognizes the long-standing contributions of Gowling WLG partner Brian Crane to the firm and the development of Indigenous law in Canada. Often described as a "senior statesman" in his field, Crane has served as a mentor to young lawyers, including many from Indigenous backgrounds.

Bricker grew up in Saskatoon and earned an undergraduate degree in cognitive science from York University. He became interested in a legal career and, last summer, was accepted into the NLC program, which offers an intensive two-month curriculum that helps prepare Indigenous students for the rigours of law school.

“The program has taught me invaluable skills as I entered into my first year of law school,” Bricker said. “I believe it has had a major influence on reconciliation by getting Indigenous lawyers into the judicial system as well as closing the education gap and teaching Indigenous students how to excel at law school.”

Gowling WLG has worked alongside Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in landmark self-government agreements, resource development projects and Supreme Court cases.