Teresa Edwards is a Mi'kmaq woman, a member of the Listuguj First Nation, and the mother of three wonderful children. Her traditional name is Young Fire Woman. She has worked for more than 25 years to advance the needs and rights of Aboriginal Peoples with a particular focus on addressing Aboriginal women's human rights.
Teresa is a Barrister-at-Law in Ontario and has worked in the areas of strategic planning and policy development, mediation and negotiation, legal analysis and research to address a wide breadth of issues impacting Aboriginal women and their families. From within her roles in government, and in the private sector, she has worked to identify solutions by lobbying for the economic security and prosperity of Aboriginal women and their families, while promoting their safety and well-being and encouraging their participation in leadership, elections, governance and decision-making roles.
Teresa promotes holistic alternatives when dealing with justice issues and takes into account the needs of Aboriginal communities, treaties, and customary laws and practices when approaching policies, programs and legislation. As the Director of International Affairs and Human Rights for the Native Women's Association of Canada, and as a lawyer, Teresa works with other human rights and Aboriginal organizations, both domestically and internationally, to implement Indigenous rights within Canada.