On December 14, 2020, the Honourable David Lametti, Attorney General of Canada, appointed Ardith Walkem, Q.C. as a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia! Justice Walkem will be sitting in Vancouver and replaces Madam Justice Gropper.
Justice Walkem grew up in Spences Bridge, B.C., and is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation. She has worked extensively with Indigenous communities and organizations to support them in asserting their Aboriginal Title Rights and Treaty Rights. Access to justice has been a focus of Justice Walkem’s practice, and she has worked with organizations such as the Legal Services Society (Legal Aid B.C.), the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal (authoring “Expanding Our Vision: Cultural Equality & Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights”). She co-chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) advisory committee of the Law Society of B.C. and sat on the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s TRC advisory committee, with the aim of encouraging reconciliation and understanding.
SABABC asks its members to join in congratulating Justice Walkem on her appointment. She will no doubt bring a necessary perspective to the bench and will continue to be a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion.