Ardith Walkem

Ardith (Walpetko We'dalx) Walkem, Q.C., is a member of the Nlaka'pamux Nation who has practised in the areas of Indigenous law since she was called to the Bar in 1996. She has training in interest-based mediation as well as social justice mediation. She has worked collaboratively with Indigenous communities to develop dispute resolution models based on Indigenous laws, including in the areas of child welfare and lands and resources. Her focus is on finding ways to make space within the Canadian legal system for the recognition of Indigenous laws, which has included finding ways to reassert and reclaim Indigenous laws in the areas of child and family wellness and also exploring laws about land and resource use.

Ardith has owned and operated a law firm (Walkem and Associates a Law Corporation, previously Ardith Walkem a Law Corporation) for 18 years. She has acted at all levels of court, including the Provincial Court of B.C., the B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada as part of the legal team in R. v. Morris. Ardith has published and spoken extensively in the area of Indigenous Peoples and the law. In addition, she has taught at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.

Ardith holds a B.A. in political science and women's studies from McGill University and an LL.B. and an LL.M. focusing on Indigenous laws from the University of British Columbia. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996.