Karen L. Snowshoe

Lawyer / Adjudicator / Mediator

Ms. Snowshoe is a Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator and Workplace Investigator.

Since 2009, Ms. Snowshoe has provided Adjudication services (claims of first instance and appeals) and Mediation services across Canada. Her main clients have included the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel and the Workers’ Compensation Tribunal of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Ms. Snowshoe has chaired two Federal Land Claim Arbitration Panels and maintains membership in numerous professional organizations dedicated to the administration of justice. She is passionate about helping to resolve disputes in a fair, timely and impartial manner. To this end, Ms. Snowshoe has held over 150 hearings across Canada and written 100+ well-reasoned decisions involving claims of first instance and appeal.

Ms. Snowshoe is passionate about providing trauma-informed and culturally sensitive investigations. As senior counsel with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG), Ms. Snowshoe built, trained and led a national team of statement gatherers who conducted trauma-informed interviews across Canada, on a confidential basis.

Ms. Snowshoe has also facilitated agreements between a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

In 2018, Ms. Snowshoe was elected as a Bencher (Governor) of the Law Society of British Columbia. Ms. Snowshoe’s brings a unique perspective to the governance of the Law Society. She has made valuable contributions in the following areas: Access to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Credentials, Practice Standards, Truth & Reconciliation, Mental Health Task Force and the Disciplinary process. Ms. Snowshoe is the first Indigenous woman to be elected as a Bencher in the B.C. Law Society’s history.

Since January 2020, Karen has been a part-time member of the BC Human Rights Tribunal providing adjudicator and mediation services, including trauma-informed training.

Ms. Snowshoe has been a long-time resident of Vancouver. She also lived and worked in Canada’s north (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories) for 14 years.

“Karen Snowshoe possesses all the qualities of an excellent adjudicator and mediator. Over the past ten years in which I have worked with her, Karen has conducted hearings that are compassionate and fair minded, with a strong intellectual curiosity. Her decision and appeal writing is well reasoned, clear and transparent.”

Rodger Linka

Deputy Chief Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat.