Jolene Ashini

Summer Law Student

Jolene Ashini is a member of the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, in Labrador, and a returning Student at OKT. She has a Bachelor of Science degree is Geology from Acadia University and has just completed her third year of the Joint Degree Law Program in Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID) at the University of Victoria.

Raised by a prominent Innu leader, Jolene spent much time in Nutshimit (on the land), learning and applying the teachings of the Innu while learning how to navigate the colonial legal and governance system. Her passion for the law started at a young age while experiencing the injustice that the Innu faced while trying gain recognition as Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Jolene had served as a Band Councillor for her First Nation, where she realized that to do more for her community and other communities, she needed to further her education in order to help apply the law fairly to all Indigenous people.  

While in school, Jolene has dedicated her time to the Indigenous Student Society of Acadia, serving as Vice President and as Co-Chair of the Indigenous Law School Association at the University of Victoria.