"My grandmother wasn't even able to vote 60 years ago, and now here I am, two generations later, clerking for an Indigenous justice at the Supreme Court," says Casey Caines, a Cree and Dene law student from Fort Nelson First Nation in B.C. and one of three people chosen to clerk for Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin, Canada's first Indigenous Supreme Court justice. She will spend the next year articling at Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge and clerking at the Alberta Court of Appeal before going to Ottawa in August 2024. Caines, who chose to become an advocate when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with autism, credits support from her family and Wahkohtowin for helping her succeed. Her mentor, Koren Lightning-Earle, and others hosted "Aunties night" for Caines' two daughters when Caines had a class and her husband was away for work.

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