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by ahnationtalk on November 9, 2021139 Views

Nov 09, 2021

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Kelly Russ still recalls meeting Judge Alfred Scow, B.C.’s first Indigenous judge, in Prince Rupert when he was attending elementary school with Scow’s children.

Scow, who died in 2013, was the first Indigenous person to graduate from law school in B.C. and the first Indigenous lawyer to be called to the B.C. bar.

Meeting the man in person gave Russ — who was born in Haida Gwaii — a sense of what was possible.

Russ would go on to spend 13 years in foster care before getting a law degree and starting his own family law firm in West Vancouver.

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