Marion, a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak, a Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan, joins MT+Co. as a lawyer + legal elder. In her role at the firm, Marion advises clients on legal issues and provides legal expertise to our lawyers.
Marion enjoys working on the individual level as well as with organizations, offering the voice of experience in problem-solving and has a deep understanding of how the Canadian legal system works, as well as how it can fail. She brings experience from working with Indigenous governance and governments, handling individual rights cases and clients, and engaging in legislative drafting.
Marion made history as the first First Nations woman appointed as a judge in British Columbia. While serving as a judge at the Provincial Court, she established the initial First Nations Court in BC and laid the foundation for BC’s first Indigenous Family Court. After a 22-year tenure at the BC Provincial Court, Marion assumed the role of Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Following the conclusion of the inquiry, Marion returned to law and currently holds the position of Chancellor at the University of Victoria.
Marion has actively served as Director and President of the Indigenous Bar Association and has been a Director for numerous other organizations, including the Law Foundation of BC.
Outside of work, Marion enjoys spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors.
- Doctor of Laws (h.c.), Lakehead University, 2023
- Doctor of Laws (h.c.), Thompson Rivers University, 2021
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Victoria, 1987
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), Anthropology, University of Victoria, 1975
- Chancellor, University of Victoria, present
- Numerous awards, including the Order of Canada, 2022
- Chief Commissioner, National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2016-2019
- Judge, Provincial Court of BC, 1994-2016
- Numerous publications and lectures in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Criminal Law, Indigenous and Human Rights and Family Law