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Tuma T. W. Young acclaimed as Second Vice-President for the 2019-2020 Council year

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Tuma T. W. Young is the Society’s Second Vice-President for the 2019-2020 Council year. 

Tuma was called to the Bar in June 2001, becoming the first Mi’kmaq speaking lawyer in Nova Scotia. He was elected to Council as a Member At Large in 2015 and 2017 and is a member of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee, the Racial Equity Committee and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Working Group.

Tuma Young

“Tuma has an expansive legal knowledge and brings his engaging, often humorous, personality to Council. Throughout his eighteen years of practice, he’s advocated for access to legal services and has run a pro bono law clinic at Cape Breton University. His academic background and active commitment to the legal profession’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be a continued asset to Council and the Executive," said President Frank E. DeMont QC.

Tuma grew up in a traditional manner on the Malagawatch First Nation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mi’kmaq Studies from the University College of Cape Breton; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia; a Master of Laws in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona; and is presently enrolled in the JSD program at the University of Arizona. His proposed thesis is titled “L’nuwey Tplutaqan: Using Traditional L’nu Legal Thought in Creating Contemporary Indigenous Governance Institutions.”

Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies/Political Science at Cape Breton University. Tuma’s primary research area is the analysis of L’nu worldview to see how traditional concepts of governance can be used in contemporary institution development. He also researches Two-Spiritedness (gay/ lesbian/ bisexual/ transgendered) and community-based health and social research. In August 2017, Tuma was qualified as an expert witness on L’nuk Laws and Decolonizing Perspectives as part of his testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Tuma was acclaimed as Second-Vice President after the nomination process closed Friday, February 15th. He will assume the post and its responsibilities after the Society’s Annual Meeting on June 15, 2019. Carrie Ricker will serve as President with Jim Rossiter QC as First Vice-President.

The Second Vice-President holds a key position in governance and continues on to become First Vice-President and then President of the Society. Tuma will continue on to be the Society’s first Indigenous President.