Acil Riyad is a Palestinian-Canadian, born as a third generation Stateless refugee.
Her main interests are refugee rights, Indigenous solidarity, and anticolonialism. Bound to Acil's indigenous solidarity is her desire to achieve environmental justice, as Indigenous peoples have very small ecological footprints yet suffer the most from environmental degradation.
Acil is currently studying criminology with a concentration in law with the hopes of becoming a human rights lawyer, focusing on domestic and international human rights, indigenous rights, and rights to self-determination and decolonization. She wishes to harness domestic and international law in fighting for both rights for and reparations to indigenous populations everywhere, from Canada to Palestine