Tomas Jirousek is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy from the Kainai nation in Southern Alberta. Tomas is currently studying law at the University of Toronto. He graduated from McGill University in the spring of 2020 as a valedictorian after leading a successful campaign against the use of the name Redmen as the name of McGill’s men’s sports teams. Tomas used his platform as valedictorian and representative for Indigenous students to advocate for systemic changes to support services, community outreach, and admissions practices at McGill. This advocacy also included a weekly column in the Montreal Gazette where he critically engaged with issues facing Indigenous people in Montreal and Quebec. While at McGill, Tomas also competed as a member of the university’s varsity rowing team and Quebec’s provincial rowing team, including representing Quebec at the Canada Summer Games.
Since starting his JD, Tomas has served on the executive for both the Indigenous Law Students’ Association and Out-in-Law. During his 1L year he also worked as the Indigenous Human Rights Project Coordinator at Pro Bono Students Canada, where he helped coordinate the opening of a pro bono Indigenous human rights clinic. Tomas was also the Indigenous Law and Legal Ethics research assistant with the faculty’s Indigenous Initiatives Office, where he worked with elders and knowledge holders in presenting a teaching series. Tomas looks forward to continuing his work with both Indigenous and LGBTQ+ legal organizations at the law school.
When not in school, Tomas splits his time visiting family between Whitehorse, Yukon, and the Blood reserve in southern Alberta.