Jillian Collins has been dedicated to working for Indigenous Peoples and with Indigenous communities throughout her career. After completing a bachelor’s degree with honours in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Windsor, Jillian went on to complete a degree in Law at Windsor Law School. Her passion for law led her to work in the Criminal Justice System.
For over ten years, Jillian has worked both as a frontline worker at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and in a management position at the Ontario Native Woman’s Association, where she worked on developing justice programming. Her experience has highlighted the needs of youth and the gaps in justice programming and Jillian is committed to working toward addressing these issues.
As an Indigenous woman, and as mother, Jillian believes the youth is our future. In order to prevent youth from entering the justice system, strong networks of support need to be established so youth can have access to the tools that will lead them to their goals, personal happiness and success.