Jenna joined Ackroyd LLP in the summer of 2017 as an articling student. Born and raised in the small community of North West River Nunatsiavut/Labrador, Jenna moved to Treaty 6 Territory in 2007.
During law school, Jenna was the President and Vice President of the Indigenous Law Students Association as well as the Inuit representative for the National Indigenous Law Students Association. She also helped organize the annual Indigenous Speakers Series, participated in the Kawaskhimon Moot, and was the student facilitator for the annual Kairos Blanket Exercise.
Jenna is focused on experiencing as many areas of law as she can during her articling year, with an emphasis on Aboriginal law, administrative law, family law, and civil litigation. Her main area of interest is in providing legal services to Indigenous communities. She looks forward to expanding her practice in the Inuit community.
Jenna is actively committed to her Indigenous community and continues to volunteer at community initiatives and events. She is a renowned Inuit throat singer, having performed this traditional form of music around the world at various events. In her spare time, she also enjoys travelling the world, public speaking, learning new languages, reading a variety of genres, playing soccer and skating.
Education & Background
- JD, University of Alberta, 2017
- Certificate of Aboriginal Governance and Partnership, University of Alberta, 2014
- BA (Native Studies), University of Alberta, 2014
Professional Associations & Other Activities
- Student-at-Law, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
- Member, Indigenous Bar Association
- Member, National Indigenous Students Association
- Volunteer Student-at-Law, Civil Claims Duty Counsel, Pro Bono Law Alberta
- Secretary, Inuit Edmontonmiut (Urban Inuit Organization)
- Annual Speaker, University of Alberta Faculty of Law Northern Initiatives
- Inuit Representative, Indigenous Advisory Circle for Alberta School Board Association
- TD Canada Trust Scholarship, 2007
- Bryan and Company Student Leadership Award, University of Alberta, 2017