Adrienne Edmunds joined the Child and Youth Legal Centre in 2021 after spending more than a decade litigating in child protection. Prior to that Adrienne was a Crown Prosecutor, and was also Counsel in Aboriginal Law Services for Justice Canada in the Prairie Region. She has been called to the bars of Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia.
Adrienne received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Social Relations from the University of Guelph with a focus was lifespan development and family systems, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia with a focus on Aboriginal and International Law. Adrienne received her Master of Laws in Family Law from Osgoode Hall with a focus on child protection.
A woman of Labrador Inuit heritage, Adrienne has spent her career working among Indigenous issues, communities, and families – including regularly providing justice services to remote First Nations reserves and Inuit communities. Adrienne was a long-standing Bencher for the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she served on the Access to Justice and Indigenous Education and Action Committees. She has regularly presented across Canada and abroad on leadership development, non-formal education, Indigenous legal issues, gender equality, and child protection.
Adrienne is passionate about ensuring kids feel seen and heard as they move through intimidating court processes, and empowering kids to exercise voice and choice in shaping their own lives, and the world around them.