Violet Ford

Law & Justice (2012)

“This is the opportunity for us to shine, and express our voices so that our rightful place is assured.”

Violet Ford is both the first woman of Aboriginal ancestry in Newfoundland and Labrador and the first Inuit woman in Canada to become a lawyer. Much of her life has been devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of Indigenous People. As Vice-President at the Inuit Circumpolar Council she was the leading legal policy advisor and negotiator on international, environmental and natural resource issues. She is also a passionate advocate of Indigenous Rights and committed to having Indigenous traditions recognized in international and national laws. A well respected advisor on international law, she assisted in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Along with her extensive national and international work, Ms. Ford is a doctoral candidate in International Law in Arctic Regions at the University of Lapland in Finland and a practicing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.