Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation who has practiced in the areas of Indigenous law since she was called to the Bar in 1996. She has a Masters Degree focusing on Indigenous laws. She has worked collaboratively with Indigenous communities to develop dispute resolution models based on Indigenous laws, including the in the areas of child welfare and lands and resources. Her focus is on finding ways to make space within the Canadian legal system for the recognition of Indigenous laws, and this has included in the areas of child and family wellness (finding ways to reassert and reclaim Indigenous laws in this area) and exploring laws about land and resource use.
Her practice includes alternative dispute resolution, with training ininterest-based mediation as well as social justice mediation, and arbitration.
She has acted at all levels of court, including the Provincial, the B.C. Supreme Court, B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada as part of the legal team in R. v. Morris. Ardith has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (Major Political Science, Minor Women’s Studies); Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Law’s from the University of British Columbia. In addition, she has taught at the UBC Faculty of Law.
Ardith has published and spoken extensively in the area of Indigenous Peoples and the law.
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