Stobo Sniderman (2018) is a writer and lawyer. He was recently the human rights policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto law school, Swarthmore College and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He has worked for Justice Edwin Cameron at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe and Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm in Toronto.
His writing has been published in Maclean’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette and London’s Sunday Times. He won the award for best print feature of 2011 from the Canadian Association of Journalists for his profile of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
As a Logan Nonfiction fellow, Stobo will work on a book he is co-authoring with Lorena Sekwan Fontaine. The book examines racial disparity in the Canadian education system, following the success of one Indigenous school and the roadmap it provides for the country. It is also a broader story of racism and reconciliation unfolding over a century, told through the lives of two families—one Indigenous, one white—in neighboring communities in rural Manitoba.