LL.B., LL.M., PhD Candidate (ABD)
Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, Bear Clan
Assistant Professor, Windsor Law
Beverly Jacobs lives and practises law at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario. She is currently in the last stages of completing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Calgary that includes Law (Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and Indigenous Legal Traditions), Indigenous Wholistic Health, and Indigenous Research Methodologies. Beverly is an alumna of the University of Windsor (LLB 1994). She also obtained a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan (2000).
Professor Jacobs is also a consultant, researcher, writer, and public speaker. She is a former elected President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (2004 to 2009). Beverly's passion is about peacefulness and safety of Indigenous peoples. For the past 20 or so years, much of her work has focussed on anti-violence work and restoring Indigenous traditions, values, beliefs, and laws. She continues to advocate for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and public education about the history and impacts of colonization, which has resulted in the historic traumas that are occurring to Indigenous peoples, specifically Indigenous women and girls, today.
Professor Jacobs' work has been widely recognized. Most recently, on December 1, 2016, she received a Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law from the Governments of France and Germany for her human rights fight for the issues relating to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
Beverly is mother of Ashley and grandmother of Nicholas (16), Tessa (14), Bryson (9) and Kenna (7). She is partner to Patrick Sandy, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan.