Hannah Askew

Hannah Askew is a lawyer of English and Scottish ancestry who practices at the intersection of Indigenous and environmental law.  She is currently the Executive Director of Sierra Club BC and a regular instructor at the Annishinaabe law camps led by Professor John Borrows for the Osgoode, University of Toronto, McGill and Windsor law faculties.


Hannah Askew is an environmental lawyer, and is currently the executive director of Sierra Club British Columbia. For the past 10 years, she has been deeply involved in learning from Indigenous communities about their systems of law and governance. She worked as a researcher on Anishinaabe and Coast Salish legal orders for the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria and also researched Tsilhqot’in and Ktunaxa law as part of the RELAW project (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) at West Coast Environmental Law. The knowledge received from Indigenous colleagues and mentors has been transformative for Hannah and influences every aspect of her work. Hannah holds a master of arts in both history and anthropology, from the University of Toronto and McGill University, respectively, as well as a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was born on Anishinaabe territory into a family of English and Scottish descent.

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