June 1, 2021
UCalgary Law welcomes new Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator
The Faculty of Law is pleased to welcome Andrew Showalter to the law school, the new Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation. In his role, Andrew will support Indigenous students during they law school journey, and will play a key role in helping the Standing Committee on Indigenous strategy reach its goals.
Andrew is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta from the City of Calgary (Moh’kins’tsis) and sacred Treaty 7 territory. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law Andrew articled at Calgary Legal Guidance where he assisted vulnerable Albertans navigate through the legal system. As their Indigenous articling student Andrew was tasked with supporting CLG’s Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas (Before Being Judged) program which addresses Indigenous Access to Justice through specific Indigenous-client focused outreach clinics and initiatives, including Calgary’s Indigenous Court.
Andrew completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and served as President of the Indigenous Law Students’ Association during his final year of studies. During his education Andrew was a Teaching Assistant for the Indigenous Law Centre’s (formerly Native Law Centre) Summer Property Program, a Pro Bono Blogger for the Native Law Centre’s CaseWatch Blog, and Research Assistant for the Metis Treaties Project (University of Ottawa).
I am excited to join the University of Calgary Faculty of Law on their journey of reconciliation and look forward to directly supporting Indigenous students as they begin their legal careers.