Karen Snowshoe was appointed as a part-time member of the Tribunal on February 18, 2020.
Ms. Snowshoe provides adjudication and mediation services across Canada. Her main clients have included the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel, and the Workers’ Compensation Tribunal of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Karen has lived and worked in Canada’s north for 14 years. She is passionate about providing trauma-informed and culturally sensitive investigations. As senior counsel with the National Inquiry into Missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Karen hired, trained, and led a national team of statement gatherers who conducted trauma-informed interviews across Canada, on a confidential basis. In 2018, Karen was elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, the first Indigenous woman to be elected since 1884. Ms. Snowshoe is a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and workplace investigator.