Catherine (Katłįà) Lafferty

Summer Law Student

Katłįà is a law student in the University of Victoria's joint program in Canadian and Indigenous law, and is a summer student in OKT's Yellowknife Office.

Prior to law school, Katłįà served as a Communications Manager for the Treaty 8 Tribal Corporation assisting with community engagement of the Akaitcho Treaty Agreement which instilled in her a strong interest in Aboriginal rights and title. Katłįà received a premier award in excellence for her work on the groundbreaking Mackenzie Valley Transboundary Water Agreement with the NWT, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory after taking a year of a master’s degree in environmental management at Royal Roads University.

Katłįà previously served as the Director of Community Development and Indigenous Education for Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a world-renowned post-secondary program that brings students out on the land of Denendeh where they are completely submersed in nature. Having served as Council member for her First Nation and sitting on numerous boards throughout my career, including the University of Victoria Faculty of Law Board of Appeal Journal, Katłįà is now Chairperson for the Keeper of the Circle National Indigenous Women’s Housing Initiative.

Katłįà's northern homeland and matrilineal lineage informs herwork which is dedicated to informing the public on the importance of place-based teachings, caring for the land and water, and advocating on issues that impact Indigenous peoples most.

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