Indigenous Issues 

Karen has a lengthy history of working in the area of Indigenous Issues and Human Rights at community, national and international levels.


At a community level, Karen oversaw the Self-Government Negotiations Process with the Gwich’in Tribal Council located in Inuvik, NT. This process involved negotiations between four First Nations and the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Canada, and included in depth consultations at the community level.

National and International

At the national level and international levels, Karen has worked as a Contract Researcher and Advisor for the Native Council of Canada (NCC) and Indigenous Survival International (ISI). In this capacity, Karen advocated and lobbied for meaningful Indigenous involvement in Preparatory Committees and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio De Janeiro, the largest UN Conference in history. Karen analyzed and drafted amendments to relevant UN documents, submitted recommendations while working closely with the Official Canadian Delegation.

Internationally, Karen was also involved in the re-drafting of the Universal Declaration of Indigenous Rights while she interned with the United Nations Center for Human Rights in Geneva (1992). The following year, Karen assisted with the redrafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Vienna, to include Indigenous rights.