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The CRT's 2023 summer student Boston Laferté stands outside on a sunny day in front of green hedges.

Indigenous Summer Law Student Experience at the CRT

By Boston Laferté, Indigenous Summer Law Student

Taanishi kiiyawow! Boston Laferté dishinikaashon. Treaty 8 dooschiin. Hello, my name is Boston Laferté, and I grew up in Treaty 8 territory.

This summer, I spent 4 months working for the CRT as the CRT’s Indigenous Summer Law Student. I have been living on the unceded lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən people since starting my undergraduate degree at UVic in 2018. I started the joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders in 2022.

I had the opportunity to work on many interesting and challenging assignments and projects this summer. I completed legal research on multiple topics and a lot of my work was focused on the CRT’s small claims and strata property areas of jurisdiction. Not only that, but I was also able to help with researching and preparing for the CRT’s upcoming new jurisdiction over claims under the Intimate Images Protection Act. I’ve had the opportunity to conduct legal research, and to hear and learn from experts from across Canada. I also helped the CRT’s in house litigation team with a number of tasks, and had the opportunity to visit the Victoria Courthouse to assist with court proceedings.

My interests, like previous Indigenous summer law students, also lay in the continued implementation of the CRT’s Reconcili(Action) Plan. I worked on several action items, such as creating space for Indigenous worldviews and decolonizing the language on the CRT website. I also conducted an assessment of the CRT’s work on the Reconcili(action) Plan, and identified some areas for further improvement. I really felt as though my lived and educational experience was valued by all members of the CRT, and that they respected and listened to my opinions.

I have truly enjoyed my time at the CRT getting to know and work with the legal team, Tribunal Members, and all the other staff that are so vital to the process.