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262 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE ate committees, he was an advisor to the lawyers working on the Omar Khadr detention case and he has provided advice to countless advocates working on the front lines. One way in which he has served as a quintessential public intellectual was his unsuccessful but inspiring run to represent the Green Party as the MP for Victoria in 2012. Of all these roles Donald is likely to say that he cherishes most of all being a partner and a parent. His retirement will be hard for his colleagues, but Donald will be relishing more time spent with Hester and daughter Sylvie. (Written by Freya Kodar, Rebecca Johnson and Gillian Calder) HONOURS Professor Deborah Curran was named the 2016 Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Land Champion. As stated in the REFBC press release, the award “recognizes the tremendous achievements of an individual who has worked to advance sustainable land use in British Columbia”. Professor Curran was for several years Program Director of UVic’s Environmental Law Centre (“ELC”) and is now the ELC’s Acting Executive Director. She is a national leader in environmental law reform, research and education, particularly in the areas of freshwater governance and sustainable land use. She was presented with the award at the sixth Land Awards Gala on October 21, 2016. Aaron Mills, UVic Law Ph.D. student, received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Talent Award—one of its five “Impact Awards” and the only one that recognizes graduate students—at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 21, 2016. This is a huge honour. Only one such award is made each year across all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Mills’s work is at the forefront of the movement to restore and revitalize Indigenous systems of law, one of the central recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. The strength and impact of Mills’s work, teaching and research has made him highly sought after. He is currently a Trudeau Foundation scholar at UVic and completed his master’s at Yale on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has received numerous academic awards, including a National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship, the Casino Rama Award for Excellence, the Gladys Watson Memorial Scholarship and the Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth Scholarship. “Aaron Mills is one of the most creative, innovative and thoughtful students I have taught in my 25 years as a law professor,” says John Borrows,


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