Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to congratulate Angelique EagleWoman for being appointed the Dean at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Angelique is the first Aboriginal woman to hold the position of the Dean of Law at any university in Canada. She will officially take over the position in May.
Currently, Angelique is a professor and legal scholar at the University of Idaho. She has taught in the area of Tribal Nation economics and law, and Native American natural resources law. She has also published articles on topics like tribal economics and quality of life for indigenous peoples.
She previously served as a tribal judge in four tribal court systems and as general counsel for her own tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, in North and South Dakota.
Upon her appointment, she said:
I hope that seeing me at the helm of the beginning of the law school will also encourage other First Nations young people and people in mid-career that might be thinking about change to consider law as a profession. Law touches every aspect of our lives and it is important that our voices be heard in forming that law and responding to that law and in making that law.
Angelique follows the traditional teachings and is a jingle dress dancer. She said:
This is what has led me on my journey and allowed me to be a role model and to be able to operate in two worlds.
She looks forward to getting involved in the Aboriginal communities in Thunder Bay, noting that she's already been invited to Fort William First Nation. Congratulations, Angelique.