Based in Victoria, Simon is a member of the Law Society of BC and is also called to the Ontario bar. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from UVic and a Master of Laws degree from UBC. Over 15 years of practice have led Simon from criminal defence, to supporting Indigenous governance, to helping recentre Indigenous law within and across jurisdictions.
Most recently, as Senior Researcher with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria, Simon contributed to a diverse range of community-led legal revitalization projects in a wide range of areas of law and legal traditions, including Secwépemc (territorial governance and citizenship); syilx, NłeɁképmx, Tsilhqot’in and Cowichan (water governance), Sm’algyax-speaking/Tsimshian (inter-nation cooperation and conflict resolution), Anishinaabeg (family-centred governance and responses to harm), Coast Salish (child and caregiver safety and nurturance), Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (land-centred human rights), and Dene, Dane-zaa, Cree and Saulteaux (land and treaty relationships).
Simon is committed to learning from, and advocating for, Indigenous law and authority as essential for building and rebuilding just, resilient relations across the governance spectrum. This includes being nurtured, as a grateful guest, on the lands and waters of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples, where he is helping raise three daughters and a dog.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal Law Section