Wanda D. McCaslin, a Metis woman from northern Saskatchewan, obtained her B.A. in political science and her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996. As a Master of Laws candidate, she examined the sentencing provisions of hate-motivated crimes. The working title of her thesis was: “Remedying hate motivated offences toward Aboriginal Peoples: the Prairie Provinces and judicial decision-making through the sentencing provisions of s.718.2(a)(i).”
She is an academic, author, sessional lecturer of the academic support program at the College of Law, and legal researcher working as the Saskatchewan Law Foundation Research Officer at the Native Law Centre, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Throughout her career, issues of hatred, justice and security, healing, restoration and collaboration have been central to her work. She has received awards and recognition for her work on a variety of Aboriginal initiatives and has completed research projects on identity, membership and kinship, duty to consult and accommodate, First Nation communities at risk or in crisis, and other projects specific to the quality of life for Aboriginal women in Canada.