Barbara Barker (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Barbara A. Barker, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B. (University of Saskatchewan) is a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Barbara first articled with the Indian Claims Commission in Ottawa then moved into public policy work with the Ontario government. She has volunteered with Indigenous Sovereignty Week, was a board member with Toronto’s Native Women’s Resource Centre, and a member of the Circle of Directors for the Native Men’s Residence (NaMeRes). In primarily a legal aid context, Barbara then worked in family/child protection/criminal law litigation for eight years between British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador (NL). She has worked in Indigenous communities along BC’s Highway 16 or, more familiarly, the Highway of Tears. She was a board member for West Coast Women's Legal Education & Action Fund and board president for the Northern Society for Domestic Peace. She also consulted with the Ending Violence Association of BC Indigenous Communities Safety Project and the Atira Women's Resource Society. More recently, as a staff lawyer with the NL Legal Aid Commission, Barbara worked in the Provincial Director’s Office, taking files all over the Island and The Big Land, including Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Nain. Since moving home to NL, she has participated in a Violence No More workshop and panel discussion on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirit people and she is a member of the Law Society of NL’s Indigenous Education & Action Committee. She is employed by Memorial University as the Aboriginal Cultural Education Coordinator in the Aboriginal Resource Office.