Samantha Craig-Curnow completed her placement for Osgoode Hall’s Intensive in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments at OKT in the winter 2019 semester. During the Intensive, she focused primarily on Family Law and Child protection matters as they relate to First Nations children and communities. Now, she is one of OKT's summer law students for 2019. Samantha is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, where she worked as a Ministry of the Attorney General Debwewin Intern in the summer of 2017. Samantha took the summer of 2018 off to spend time with her newborn daughter.
Samantha will receive her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in December. Her time at Osgoode has been spent pursuing institutional change and, as the outgoing Co-Chair of the Osgoode Indigenous Students Association, Samantha has acted as a mentor, supporter and organizer for Indigenous students and events at the law school. This has included significant support of Anishinaabe Law Camps at both the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Neyaashiinigmiing.
Before Law school, Samantha earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University (2016) and a Law Clerk diploma from Seneca College (2014). During this time, she worked as an administrative student at the Chiefs of Ontario and as a contracts auditor for Morneau Shepell Ltd. Through all of this, Samantha has remained committed to serving her community. She has served as a peer mentor for other post-secondary students has been a member of Seneca College’s Indigenous Education Council since her departure from the school in 2014. In that time she has moved from a community representative to Co-Chair of the Council.
In her spare time, Samantha enjoys beading, crafting and playing her favorite sport, lacrosse. She is aiming to be a member of the Ontario Bar and the Indigenous Bar.