Teresa Edwards is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec. Her ceremonial name is Young Fire Woman, a name that she strives to fulfill through her work as an International Human Rights Lawyer. Teresa is a mother to three amazing souls – Ashley, Dakota, and Derek, and the grandmother (Giju) to Alivia and Avery, who all inspire her to work towards bringing equity to Indigenous Peoples by improving socio-economic conditions and their overall well-being. For over 30 years, she has been a strong advocate for Indigenous Peoples by championing changes in programs, policy, and legislation from within government and while working with National Indigenous Organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and from within her own legal practice. Teresa has been the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) for 4 1/2 years. The LHF is a national Indigenous-led charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts from the Residential and Day School System, Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression.
Teresa Edwards, (Young Fire Woman), who is the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel of the Legacy of Hope Foundation. She will speak about Residential and Day Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and other colonial acts of oppression, and how they continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today. Teresa will also discuss how to take action to be an ally and what can be done to foster Reconciliation in Canada.