Caitlin Tolley is a proud Algonquin and a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec.
She grew up and attended school on the reserve and moved to Ottawa to continue her post secondary studies at the University of Ottawa. She is one of the few young adults that is able to speak, read and write in the Algonquin language.
Caitlin recently completed her Bachelor of Social Science Degree and has recently been accepted into law school at the University of Ottawa where she will begin the three-year Juris Doctor program focusing on Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions.
In 2009, Caitlin was elected to be an official spokesperson for the First Nations Youth Network by the First Nations youth of Quebec and Labrador. This role required that she sit on the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council. During this time it became evident to her that there was a need for more Indigenous people in the legal profession.
In 2012, at age 21, she became the youngest member in her community to become a member of Chief and Council. While on council she held the Health and Social Services portfolio, the Women’s portfolio, and the Youth portfolio.
Congratulations Caitlin Tolley for being selected a winner of the Rose Nolan Scholarship.