Director of Investigations
Phone: (604) 827-1875
Myrna is a Cree-Métis alumna of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (B.A., 2002) and UBC’s Indigenous Legal Studies program (LL.B., 2005). After a brief stint working for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Myrna articled at Mandell Pinder in the civil litigation area of Indigenous Rights. Shortly after her Call to the British Columbia Law Society, Myrna decided to learn and practice criminal law in her home territory (Treaty Six) of northern Saskatchewan.
After a year as a defence lawyer for Saskatchewan Legal Aid, she joined the Crown prosecutor’s office. Through her criminal practice, Myrna gained considerable experience working with victims of violent crime which most often included sex crimes. She also developed substantial insight into how trauma can adversely impact memory, behavior, a sense of self or well-being and inter-personal relationships. As tragic as some criminal cases were, nothing could prepare Myrna for the testimonials she would receive from hundreds of Indian Residential School survivors, as an Independent Assessment Process adjudicator.
The compassion she cultivated in her criminal practice together with her trauma-informed approach allowed her to adjudicate Indian Residential School claims in a safe, culturally-sensitive and respectful manner. Myrna often heard survivors say that her role as a decision-maker significantly lessened their mistrust and anxieties about a process which required survivors to detail their deeply personal and traumatic experiences of sexual and physical abuse.
Myrna is happy to return to the traditional, ancestral and un-ceded territory of the Musqueam people to contribute to the implementation of Policy 131. To this end, she is prepared to lend her legal skills, resilient spirit and deep understanding of sexual violence to the position of Director of Investigations at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.