Our People

Marilyn Poitras
Director | Native Law Centre

“Marilyn Poitras is deeply rooted in the Indigenous community in Saskatchewan and brings a wealth of Indigenous legal education experience to the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre,” said Martin Phillipson, Dean of the College of Law. “I am delighted to welcome her back to campus and look forward to working with her to advance the Centre’s work on reconciliation, Indigenous legal research and the promotion of access to legal education for Indigenous people.”


Kathleen Makela
Coordinator, Programs and Community Outreach | Native Law Centre

Kathleen holds a BA (Hon/Dist) and an LLB. Her mother was born in Fort Resolution and is a descendent of Old Man Beaulieu of the Dene Nation; her father was born in southern Saskatchewan and his parents came from northern Finland. Prior to her return to the Native Law Centre, Kathleen worked with the FSIN as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the Chief after managing the University of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal Students’ Centre (ASC) for 14 years wherein she was responsible for key cultural celebrations and the development and delivery of Aboriginal student retention programming on campus. While with the ASC, Kathleen transformed the U of S Welcome Week Powwow into a graduation celebration which honoured not only U of S Aboriginal graduates but also recognized the achievements of Aboriginal high school students from across the Saskatchewan. Kathleen has taught within the Department of Native Studies as a sessional lecturer and the College of Law’s Academic Success Program. She is currently a Commissioner with Legal Aid Saskatchewan and Chair of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Courtworker Program Advisory Board.


Meredith Maloof
Manager and Legal Editor of Publications | Native Law Centre

Meredith Maloof is a Métis lawyer from Ontario’s Upper Ottawa Valley. She works in the Centre’s publications department as the Publications Manager and Legal Editor, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Canadian Native Law Reporter. Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in 2010 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. She was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2014. Meredith has studied internationally and attended the Freie Universität in Berlin as part of her undergraduate program. During law school she was elected President of the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association and sat on the admissions committee at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. She has taught at the College of Law as an instructor for the Academic Success Program and the Program of Legal Studies for Native People, and has received several academic awards for her commitment to the Aboriginal community. Meredith is also a supervising lawyer with Pro Bono Students Canada and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws at the University of Saskatchewan. Her thesis is exploring Canada’s organ and tissue donation laws and whether explicitly treating organs and tissues as property could and should change how our post-mortem donative wishes are given effect.


Tamara (Baldhead) Pearl
Publications Research Officer | Native Law Centre

Tamara (Baldhead) Pearl is a Nēhiyaw iskwew from One Arrow First Nation, Saskatchewan, located in Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. Tamara has a BA in Anthropology, a JD and is currently an LLM candidate. The focus of her thesis is on how we can decolonize and Indigenize academic institutions. Law is a helping profession. For law students and practitioners to become better helpers, it would be necessary in this time of reconciliation in Canada to introduce anti-racism and empathy skills, but we must use an anti-colonial framework. Tamara proposes to interrupt these attitudes through a process of deconstruction and self-reflection by providing visceral connections without the typical power imbalances with Indigenous professionals and communities for students. Tamara is the current recipient of the 2019-2020 St. Thomas More Indigenous Graduate Student Fellowship and serves as the newest board member for the Saskatoon Society for the Protection of Children. She is currently a Publications Research Officer at the Native Law Centre at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.


Brad Fenty
Publications Assistant (Formatting & Design) | Native Law Centre

Brad is pleased to work as part of the publishing team on the Canadian Native Law Reporter, but is also lending his excellent photography skills to the Native Law Centre. Brad is first and foremost an artist and illustrator. He has won international awards as a designer and photographer. He has been involved in all facets of publishing, visual communications including books, annual reports and magazines. Since 1986, Brad has owned and operated a visual communication firm called Pepper Designs. Brad was also honoured to be chosen to work as the single official photographer for the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Charles to Saskatchewan. On our campus Brad was entrusted with the development and production of the Kloppenburg Canadian Arctic Inuit Carvings Exhibit which is a permanent interactive exhibit housed in the Agriculture building. In addition to this, Brad also worked on the Samuel Schwartz permanent exhibit of Inuit and West Coast carvings housed in the Atrium of Edward Business College.


College Of Law


James [Sákéj] Youngblood Henderson
Research Fellow | College of Law







Maria Campbell
Cultural Advisor and Sessional Lecturer | College of Law





Jaime Lavallee SJD
Assistant Professor | College of Law






ProBono Students Canada

We have the honour of welcoming our student volunteer placements from Pro Bono Students Canada! We thank Dani Nichols and Taylor Roufosse for volunteering their time to contribute their excellent writing skills to our NLC CaseWatch Blog.

Taylor Roufosse is a second-year JD Candidate from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After completing three years of a Sociology degree at the University of Saskatchewan, she was accepted into the College of Law and participated in the NLC Summer Program in 2018. Taylor has a passion for Indigenous issues and rights, with a specific interest in Indigenous child protection. Taylor is excited and extremely honoured to be a part of the NLC CaseWatch Blog for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Dani Nichols is a second-year student in the JD/MBA program at the College of Law. She was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing with honours and distinction from the Edwards School of Business. During her time in law school, she has served as a member of the USask LEVEL chapter, participated in the Denton’s Negotiation Competition, volunteered at CLASSIC’s Legal Advice Clinic, and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Law Students’ Association. In her spare time, Dani enjoys volunteering, lifting weights at the gym, and walking her dogs.