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Laura Edwards is an associate at the Victoria office. Originally from Red Deer, Alberta/Treaty 6 and 7 territory, they are grateful to be living as a guest on Coast Salish territory.
Laura holds a Juris Doctor specializing in Environmental Law and Sustainability from the University of Victoria. During law school, Laura completed a clinical intensive term with UVic’s Environmental Law Centre and they were the president of OUTLaws and the Law Students’ Society.
Laura is committed to using their legal practice to support Indigenous communities to assert their inherent right to self governance and to protect and defend their Aboriginal and treaty rights. They are drawn to the practice of Aboriginal law because they believe that advancing Indigenous rights and supporting Indigenous peoples is the only way to repair the social and environmental damages done by the colonial legal system. Their work is driven by compassion and respect for Indigenous communities and a recognition that as a settler they must use their skills and resources to continually work towards decolonizing themself and the land around them.
Laura is also passionate about social justice, intersectional equality, and LGBTQ2SI issues. They have volunteered extensively with LGBTQ2SI organizations and clubs and they currently volunteer with PBSC’s Trans-ID Clinic.
Prior to law, Laura worked as a field biologist/ecologist in Alberta specializing in wetlands, riparian areas, and impacts to freshwater ecosystems. Through their work experience and education they have developed a deep appreciation of the environmental challenges that intersect with the law and communities.
In Laura’s spare time they love to travel and be outside as much as possible. They enjoy hiking, cycling, swimming, crafting, watching sci-fi/fantasy shows, and hanging out with their cat.
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Consultation and Accommodation
Administrative Law & Judicial Review
Environmental Assessments and Regulatory Proceedings
Education and Professional Affiliations
University of Victoria, Juris Doctor, with a specialization in Environmental Law and Sustainability, 2019
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biological Sciences – Ecology, 2013
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia, 2020 – present
Member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, 2014 – present
Introduction On December 3, 2020, the government of Canada (Canada) tabled Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights
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