1 May 2018

Congratulations to 2011 Foundation mentor Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who has joined the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia as a professor. As UBC President Santa J. Ono declared, Turpel-Lafond’s tireless advocacy for vulnerable children and for Indigenous rights in the legal system makes her an “exemplary addition” to the Allard School of Law.

Turpel-Lafond has also been appointed the inaugural director of the University of British Columbia’s new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, which opened on 9 April 2018. “This opportunity to deepen the dialogue and respond to the legacy of residential schools is historic,” asserted Turpel-Lafond. She started in her role as professor on 23 March 2018 and will start as director of the centre on 1 June 2018.

Read UBC’s announcements of her appointments as professor here and as director of the centre here.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

A lawyer and children’s rights advocate, she was the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the judicial bench in Saskatchewan. Currently she is the BC Representative for Children and Youth.

2011 Mentors