Nancy Sandy is an Assistant Professor and teaches Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions. She is a Secwépemc from T’exelc, the place where the salmon charge up the river south of the city of Yucwt.
Her primary area of research is the revival and resurgence of Indigenous laws in the area of child safety; however, she recognizes that to isolate one area of the law for Indigenous peoples is like separating us from our lands of origin. Indigenous laws embrace every aspect of economic, legal, political and social sectors of our lives, and are interconnected as they have been from our creation. St’exelcemc law commits her to embed Indigenous worldview, research methodology, transmission of knowledge principles, and abiding by local Indigenous protocol as an instructor and an academic. Professor Sandy believes that Indigenous peoples’ self-government and self-determination require strong administrative, governance and legal foundations that are respectful of Indigenous culture, language, laws and legal processes.
Her thesis “Reviving Secwepemc Child Welfare Jurisdiction” is being prepared for publication with the University of British Columbia Press. An article Stsqey'ulucw re st'exelcemc – St’exelemc: Laws From The Land which is based in part on her thesis has been published by the Windsor Yearbook Access to Justice.
Professor Sandy is a participating member of the: Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Appointments Committee (Chairperson), Aboriginal Admissions Committee, and Anishnawbe Omaa-Minowaywin Committee; and of the Lakehead University Ogimaawin/Aboriginal Governance Council, and the Regional Research Fund Committee. She is also a member of the Indigenous Bar Association.