Nikki Bakes
 Director of Operations

Nikki’s passion for the law and Indigenous rights stems from the utility of the legal system as a tool for justice and social change. She graduated from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 2018 where she earned a Juris Doctor with an Option in Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions. She is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Legal Studies, and is currently completing her Masters in International Studies through Simon Fraser University, focusing on Indigenous Community Development. She has experience working in large and small law firms, in multiple federal government departments, and for non-profit organizations. 

In law school Nikki was a Legislative Development Intern at the Senate of Canada on the Standing Committee for Aboriginal Peoples.  She also Interned for Amnesty International Canada, researching Indigenous Rights and UNDRIP implementation.

Nikki comes with 10+ years of professional work experience in policy analysis, university administration, program coordination, and volunteer management. 

Nikki currently lives in Toronto with her partner and dog, and enjoys spending time along the lakefront or visiting family and friends in the countryside. She maintains close connections to family and friends in the Stratford and Waterloo, Ontario.