Nick Sowsun

Associate

Nick is an associate with Othuis Kleer Townshend (OKT) LLP practicing in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  Nick is a graduate of the combined Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at Toronto's Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. During law school Nick participated in Osgoode's Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, and was placed at the Indigenous Justice Division of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General.  While at the Indigenous Justice Division Nick was fortunate to work directly with Elders in pursuit of the division's goals of reforming the justice system as it relates to Indigenous peoples, and revitalizing Indigenous legal systems.

 

While at Osgoode Nick participated in two Anishinaabe law camps, first at Neyaashiinigmiing with Chippewas of Nawash (Cape Crocker) Unceded First Nation and then at Mnjikaning with Chippewas of Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation.  These camps included training and teachings from Elders and academics on Anishinaabek law and the rights and obligations of settlers and Indigenous peoples under Treaty.  Some of these teachings took place on the land and involved exploring and reflecting upon relationship to land and water.

 

Prior to joining OKT Nick worked at Ontario's Ministry of Energy, Northern Development & Mines, first as a Summer Law Student and then as an Articling Student.  During law school Nick was also a co-founder of Small Claims Wizard, a legal technology start-up that sought to help self-represented litigants navigate Small Claims Court.  Prior to law school Nick worked in the forestry industry as a tree planter. Nick has planted over one million trees while working and living in remote areas of British Columbia and Alberta.

 

Nick is called to the bar of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.