Kaelan Unrau was born in Calgary, Alberta, but has variously called Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto his home. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with honours in 2018. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2019.
While at law school, Kaelan received the course prize in evidence; worked as a research assistant for a constitutional law scholar; summered at a prominent Toronto labour and employment firm; and volunteered with the Indigenous Law Journal and the Advocates for Injured Workers legal aid clinic. But the turning point in his legal education came when he took a course taught by Katherine Hensel on Indigenous people and the Canadian courts, which put into focus some of the specific sorts of challenges—legal and otherwise—that face Indigenous people in Canada.
Upon graduating, Kaelan served as a law clerk to three justices of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and Yukon, before joining Hensel Barristers in fall 2019.
When he isn’t lawyering, Kaelan enjoys reading books, going on walks and improvising tunes on the piano.