Simon Filiatrault is a summer law student in Gowling WLG's Montréal office where he will start articling in 2023.
Simon is currently completing his third year of the combined civil and common law B.C.L / LL.B program at McGill University, where he will obtain his double bachelor's in 2022.
A proud member of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake, he has developed a keen interest in Indigenous law, particularly with respect to the right to self-determination, the duty to consult and accommodate, and specific and comprehensive land claims. Simon is also interested in business and environmental law, areas that often involve Indigenous communities.
At the Faculty of Law, Simon is involved in several organizations. He is the president of the Indigenous Law Association/Association du droit autochtone of McGill (ILADA), the student coordinator for Indigenous initiatives at McGill's Faculty of Law, and a student intern at the Native Friendship Centre of Montréal.
His professional experiences have also brought him closer to the Indigenous communities of Quebec. In addition to having worked for the Huron-Wendat Nation Band Council, he sometimes visits other communities in his role as co-founder of a social enterprise aimed at increasing Indigenous representation in post-secondary schools (IndigIrecruit).
Simon is currently taking courses in the Wendat language to complement his French and English.