Tracy Coates, JD, is a strategic and creative consultant and educator in the area of critical theory, law and Indigenous knowledge. Tracy is of mixed Mohawk and European ancestry from an Urban Aboriginal Community. Her experience includes being a part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa with the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, a Program Advisor in the areas of cultural competency and Aboriginal program development with the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and serving on the legal teams of the Assembly of First Nations and Amnesty International Canada. Ms. Coates has been gifted with traditional knowledge from a variety of Indigenous and First Nations Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and others, particular from Cree, Oji-Cree, Algonquin, and Haudenosaunee nations. Ms. Coates’ mixed-background, urban Aboriginal experience, and traditional knowledge are an integral part of her pedagogical and research approach. Tracy also has a Doctorate in Jurisprudence (JD), and a Masters in Environmental Studies and International Dispute Resolution (MES).