Sonya began working for Cedar Law in 2014. She provides legal services in the areas of aboriginal law, family law and employment law. Prior to working for Cedar Law, Sonya articled with the BC Ministry of Justice Legal Services Branch where she completed rotations in the: Prince George Crown Counsel Office; Civil Litigation Group; Constitutional and Administrative Law Group; Health and Social Services Group; Resource, Environment and Land Law Group; Office of the Legislative Counsel and Office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General.
Sonya grew up in Prince George BC. She has mixed ancestry and is a member of both the Lheidli T’enneh Band and the Gitdumden Clan of the Wet’suwet’en. In addition to Sonya’s mixed ancestry, she has extensive public service experience that gives her a unique perspective with regard to indigenous issues and family systems. In New Zealand, Sonya worked on a negotiation team for the Office of Treaty Settlements to finalize a Deed of Settlement that addresses breaches by the Crown of their obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, which is a treaty between the Crown and the Maori peoples of New Zealand. She also worked as a youth justice coordinator where she convened and facilitated family group conferences for child and youth offenders, many of whom were of either Maori of Pacific Island ancestry. In BC, Sonya has worked as a child rights advocate at the BC Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. She has also worked in aboriginal child and youth mental health and in numerous roles as a youth care worker, a youth mentor and a caregiver for persons with special needs. In addition to Sonya’s work experiences, she is also an elected member of the Lheidli T’enneh Lands Authority, which is a committee to the Lheidli T’enneh Council that deals with matters pertaining to the use, occupation and possession of Lheidli T’enneh reserve lands. She is also a member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch – Aboriginal Law Section for Vancouver Island. In the past she has also volunteered with the Victoria Restorative Justice Society and the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing office.
LLB / Juris Doctor – University of Victoria, 2010
B.A. w/ Criminology Major – Vancouver Island University, 2006
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