Meet our new team member, Aaron!

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September, 2017

Aaron Samuel is nehiyaw (Plains Cree) and Caribbean. He holds a JD with a Specialization in Aboriginal Law from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta in Political Science and Economics. Before joining Castlemain, Aaron worked in Edmonton with Cando, a national not for profit focused on the development of Aboriginal Economic Development Officers. He has also worked with various First Nations and Métis communities at both the private and public sector level.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

Born and raised in Treaty 6 territory (amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton), and never being of an age to appreciate an Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup win, I’d probably have to go with any of those 5 cup wins.

What does reconciliation mean to you?

Having an understanding of perspective between groups. I’m not under any assumption that reconciliation is by any means the solution to the divisive issues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in Canada. I think, however, if there is a common understanding of each other’s perspective, that will provide the pathways forward on how to address those issues.

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