Don Couturier is a summer student in OKT’s Yellowknife office. Don recently completed his third year of a joint JD/MPA program at Queen’s University, where he was on the Dean’s Honour List each year and received awards for academic excellence and highest standing in criminal, Aboriginal and administrative law, as well as advanced legal research. He is currently researching and analyzing ongoing land claim negotiations in the Northwest Territories through the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship. In June 2020, Don will clerk for the Alberta Court of Appeal.
During law and graduate school, Don spent summers working at West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver, where he co-drafted a research report on implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, in Ghana, where he assisted a legal clinic through the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, and Victoria, where he gained experience in Aboriginal rights and title litigation at another boutique Aboriginal law firm. Don is a senior submission editor with the Queen’s Law Journal, a research assistant to Professor Grégoire Webber, Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, and was previously a teaching assistant for Queen’s Law’s first-year legal skills course.
Prior to law school, Don spent several years in various policy advisory roles with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Most recently he was on a transition team, tasked with coordinating the transition of power following the territorial general election in 2015 and reporting on the incoming government’s mandate priorities. He also has experience in environmental and workers’ compensation policy. Don was born and raised in Yellowknife.