Adrienne Edmunds

Position: Child and Youth Lawyer
Categories: Staff

Adrienne Edmunds joined the Child and Youth Legal Centre in 2021 after spending more than a dozen years with the Department of Justice & Public Safety in Newfoundland and Labrador as a Crown Prosecutor and as Director’s Counsel in child protection litigation. Prior to that, Adrienne was 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 has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Social Relations from the University of Guelph with a focus on lifespan development and family systems theory, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Adrienne has also received her Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall, York University in Family Law.

A Labrador Inuit woman, Adrienne spent much of 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 the Indigenous Education and Action Committees. Adrienne also volunteered for many years on the Western Hemisphere Committee of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and currently serves on the national board for Girl Guides of Canada.  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 their families move through intimidating court processes, and empowering kids to develop self agency and exercise voice and choice in shaping their own lives and the world around them.