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The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is a national non-profit organization with a long history of advancing the equality rights of all women, girls, and people who experience gender-based discrimination through litigation, law reform, and education. Our National Office is located in what is now known as Toronto, Ontario, in the Dish with One Spoon Territory.

LEAF is committed to actively and systematically furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples throughout the territory known as Canada and within our own organization. Prioritizing reconciliation and working to reduce the harm caused by Canada’s colonial legal and social systems is the first priority identified in LEAF’s Strategic Plan, 2021-2026. 

As part of our work to advance this priority, LEAF is creating an Indigenous Summer Scholar Program. The inaugural Indigenous Summer Scholar program will run from May to August 2022 (16 weeks total).

Position overview

LEAF’s Indigenous Summer Scholar Program will provide an Indigenous law student studying in the territory known as Canada with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in feminist advocacy, receive valuable on-the-job training and mentorship, and learn more about advancing substantive equality rights through litigation, law reform, and education.

The student will also be connected with an Indigenous legal scholar and/or practitioner as a mentor to assist with building the student’s confidence and capacity as a future member of the legal profession and/or advocate for Indigenous communities.

If the public health situation permits, the student will have the option of either working out of LEAF’s National Office in Toronto, or working remotely. Otherwise, the position will be carried out remotely.

Duties and responsibilities

Working with LEAF’s legal team, the Indigenous Summer Scholar will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Qualifications and experience


The Indigenous Summer Scholar will receive a salary of $16,000 plus 4% pay in lieu of vacation, paid in bi-weekly instalments.

Application process

This program is open to law students who are Indigenous, First Nation, Métis, and/or Inuit.

LEAF welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities for all available positions. Where possible, accommodations will be made available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Applications will be accepted by email only. In the subject line of your email application, reference “LEAF Summer Law Student – Indigenous Summer Scholar” and your name. Send applications to [email protected].

Please submit the following as a single PDF attachment:

In your cover letter, please ensure that you explain why you would like to work at LEAF in particular, and why you are qualified for the position as tied to the duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and experience listed above. 

Please do not submit multiple applications or send additional documents.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on February 11, 2022.

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified on or before February 21, 2022. 

Interviews will be held between February 22 and March 1, 2022. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download a PDF of this job posting here.