When I retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2015 after 12 years of service, I had two goals: to go to university and to be published as a writer.

Only a few years have passed and I have come farther than I ever imagined. I am now a PhD student at Carleton University, a fully trained journalist, and my writing has been published in several publications all around the world. My drive to move forward, combined with an unwavering self discipline and a high level of self confidence, has propelled me through each goal. Any obstacle that I’ve encountered on this journey has been an opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional.

Today, my research focuses on tensions between Indigenous and Canadian legal orders and Crown treaty responsibilities. This research is under the advice and guidance of some of the leading settler studies and Indigenous legal scholars in Canada and is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This research respectively engages Anishinaabe communities and is specifically focused on Anishinaabe law and governance resurgence taking place during the current Restoule v. Canada (Attorney General) (2018) case, more commonly known as the Robinson-Huron Treaty Annuity Lawsuit.