The Honourable Alfred J. Scow, OC, OBC
Class of 1961, from Alert Bay, BC.
Alfred Scow was born at a time when Indigenous people were prohibited from entering the legal profession, but went on to become the first Indigenous person to graduate from a BC Law School and the first Indigenous lawyer in BC to be called to the Bar. In 1971, he became a Provincial Court judge and served BC in this capacity until 1992. His accomplishments have broken down many barriers and his life has been an inspiration for others to reach their full potential. Mr. Scow has demonstrated deep commitment to social justice and volunteered his leadership to many community organizations including UBC, where he helped guide the establishment of First Nations studies. He has served on the University's Senate, the President's Advisory Committee, the Faculty of Law First Nations Advisory Committee, and the Alumni Association board. He was a founding member of the Elders Committee for the First Nations House of Learning. Prior to becoming a judge, he was City Prosecutor for New Westminster, chair of the board of review for the Workmen's Compensation Board, and completed a two-year assignment to Guyana on the Amerindian Lands Commission fact-finding committee, assisting the government determine land policy in regard to its native population. After leaving the Provincial Court, Mr. Scow's roles have included work on behalf of the Musqueam, Fraser Valley and Penticton Indian bands. In 2001, he founded The Scow Institute, which works to promote a greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people regarding issues that affect all Canadians, using information that is fact-based, non-partisan, and accessible. Mr. Scow has contributed further to his community through volunteer board work for the John Howard Society, United Good Neighbour Fund and Credit Union, BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, Aboriginal Justice Centre, Pacific Salmon Foundation, YVR Art Foundation, and the Institute of Indigenous Government. Alfie, as he was affectionately known, passed away on February 26, 2013, and is deeply missed.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
"It was a foregone conclusion that I would follow in my father's footsteps," says Jody Wilson-Raybould. "Dad encouraged us to be critical thinkers and to look at the world from all different perspectives. Law school seemed like the most appropriate place to be." The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on November 4, 2015. The First Nations leader and former Crown Prosecutor also served as the Regional Chief of BC for the Assembly of First Nations from 2009 to 2015.
Her father, Chief Bill Wilson, is also a graduate of the Allard School of Law. Chief Wilson (Class of ’73) is an outspoken advocate in the First Nations community, who at one point worked with former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to help draft and successfully negotiate the first and only amendment to Canada’s Constitution.
Class of 1984-1985
People say to me, “What’s an Elder?” I tell them if you wake up in the morning and your teeth are in a glass, you are an Elder. I am only teasing, of course. It has to do with knowledge, respect, wisdom and love – that is an Elder …
For more, read Profile of Steven L. Point from The Advocate, 66 (2008).
The Allard School of Law has over 350 Indigenous Alumni, and we honour and respect them all. Featured Indigenous alumni from the Allard School of Law History Project are listed below:
1961 The Honourable Alfred J. Scow, O.C., OBC
1973 Chief Bill Wilson
1974 Terry La Liberte
1985 The Honourable Judge Steven Point, OBC
1995 Ardith Wallpetko Weldalx Wal’kem
1995 Darwin Hanna
1995 Cynthia Callison
1996 Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
1998 Duncan McCue
1998 Isabel Jackson
1999 The Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould
2002 Leah Fontaine
2005 Amber Prince
2010 Ryan Scorgie
2011 Patricia Miranda Barkaskas
2011 Dana-Lyn Mackenzie
2013 Leah George-Wilson
2014 Jessie Ramsay
2015 Indigenous Legal Studies and Clinic Celebrated in Anniversary Gala