Stephanie Esentsei Pangowish on Convocation stageStephanie Esentsei Pangowish (centre) is the first Indigenous graduate of the master’s program at Windsor Law.

Grad a leader in Indigenous law scholarship

Upon completion of her Master's degree, Stephanie Esentsei Pangowish became the first Indigenous graduate of Windsor’s LLM program. Pangowish previously earned her Juris Doctor from Windsor Law and held the positions of first-year law representative and president of the Shkawbewisag Student Law Society.

Currently a resident of Toronto, she is from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory and Wikiwemikoong Unceeded Territory. Her commitment to her community and making an impact has increased awareness of Indigenous issues, including the annual awareness campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2 Spirited People, the Red Ribbon Campaign, and others.
Since earning her Juris Doctor degree, Pangowish has taught Indigenous studies and Indigenous legal orders at the University of Windsor and the “Combat Indigenous Law in Colonial Spaces” course at the University of Toronto. She is a facilitator for Bimickaway training in Indigenous justice for Ontario’s Attorney General and is pursuing doctoral studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.

—Dalia Mazhar

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