Jacobs served as Windsor Law associate dean
Pursuant to its obligation to end violence and abuse against Indigenous people, the University of Windsor has named Beverly Jacobs as senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach for a two-year term.
Effective January 17, Jacobs transitioned into the new role from a previous job as Windsor Law’s associate dean. She will pursue priorities to improve relationships with Indigenous people and guide the development of the new Indigenous space on campus.
She will also collaborate on the development of decision-making and consultation processes related to Indigenous matters and help the university chart its path as it begins to take more comprehensive action towards Indigenization and decolonization.
She will work directly with the university president and the executive leadership team, faculty, staff, students, administrators, and members of Indigenous communities.
“Jacobs’s leadership will be critical as the university begins the work of enhancing Indigenous leadership on campus and embedding Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the university’s culture,” according to the law school.
As a former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Jacobs is known for her work and commitment to Indigenous politics in Canada. She was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2018.
Jacobs received a Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law from the France and Germany governments. She also received the following awards: Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women’s Esquao Award, and Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Civilian Peace Service Canada’s Canadian Voice of Women of Peace Award.
Jacobs received her law degree from the University of Windsor in 1994. She also holds Master of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy degrees which she obtained from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and the University of Calgary in 2018, respectively. Her research focuses on Indigenous legal orders, Indigenous holistic health, Indigenous research methodologies, and decolonization of Eurocentric law.