Stephanie Pangowish

Stephanie Pangowish

I am from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory and Wikiwemikoong Unceeded Territory, but I currently reside in Toronto, Ontario. My educational background is General Arts and Liberal Studies certificate, Law Clerk Diploma, Paralegal Diploma all from Seneca College, a Sociology (Major) and Multicultural and Indigenous Studies (Minor) Honours Undergraduate Degree from York University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor.

Before attending law school, I worked as a Tenants Right Advocate and an Aboriginal Criminal Court Worker for Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, Ontario. I initially chose Windsor Law for my Juris Doctor degree because I witnessed the Windsor Law alumni in the courtroom and was impressed by their thinking outside the box in criminal court matters. I chose to stay with Windsor Law for my LLM because of the fantastic Indigenous professors and that I would be able to ask for their guidance and support.

My thesis is researching the impacts of colonization on the traditional authority of Haudenosaunee women. This is an important topic because Indigenous people have lived with the assumed Canadian sovereignty over Indigenous people. The assumed sovereignty has contributed to violence against Indigenous women, Indigenous women’s mental and physical health issues, and Indigenous women’s ability to participate in their communities and families.