Board Members

Anisa White
 

Chairperson

Anisa is âpitawikosisân, Cree-Métis, (Alberta) with paternal roots in St. Paul de Métis Settlement, and, Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation, Treaty 6. Her family names are Todd, Dufresne, Laframboise, Desjarlais and Cardinal.  She lives in the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Anisa is the Chairperson and co-founder of the Gladue Writers Society of British Columbia.  

Anisa is an independent Gladue Writer on the Legal Services Society Gladue Writers roster. She is a Justice Advisor for Lake Babine First Nation.

Anisa holds a Bachelor of Law (Murdoch University) and Bachelor of Commerce (University of W.Australia). She completed 1 year of law at the University of Victoria (BC). She worked for the National Centre for First Nations Governance and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations.  

In April, Anisa was appointed by BC Attorney General, David Eby, to BC's Cross Jurisdictional Technical Advisory Group, to assist the work of the Justice Response Group and government by recommending best practice technology and other measures that can reduce backlogs and deliver access to justice to British Columbians during and post-pandemic. 

She is part Persian, a Métis Jigger and a Red Dress Jingler, honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  She rides horses; English dressage.

 

Anisa believes Gladue reports help the court make informed decisions. They reduce recidivism and victimization, lead to transformative outcomes and increase community safety.

Anisa contributed to the Gladue Report Guide: How to prepare and write a Gladue Report (LSS BC, 2018).
 

Mitch Walker
 

Vice-Chairperson

Mitch is the Vice-Chairperson and co-founder of the Gladue Writers Society of British Columbia.    

Mitch is an independent Gladue Writer on the Legal Services Society Gladue Writers roster.

Mitch holds a Masters Degree in Criminology from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Mitch holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Victoria.

Mitch has worked in various roles in the Criminal Justice System for the past twelve years, with a consistent focus on Restorative Justice and capacity building in Indigenous communities. 

 

Mitch teaches Criminology at Okanagan College in Penticton, B.C. with a specialization in Criminological theory and Restorative Justice. 

 

Mitch is passionate about all topics where inequality has a visible human cost and seeks to advocate for those without a voice.  He has also been extremely lucky to have been surrounded by incredibly passionate and intelligent people who have filled his educational and vocational life with knowledge and experience. 

Mitch uses his background working closely with Indigenous communities as an advocate for legal rights and education, to push for the implementation and standardization of Gladue Rights. 

Mitch contributed to the Gladue Report Guide: How to prepare and write a Gladue Report (LSS BC, 2018).

Thomas Barnett
 

Legal Counsel

 

Thomas Barnett is a Cree lawyer currently practicing in Prince Rupert, BC; that is, the unceded tribal territory of the Tsimshian. He is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. His mother’s community is Nemeiben Sisip (Sucker River).

 

Thomas graduated from Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2013. During his time at UBC, he was a temporarily articled student at the First Nations Legal Clinic located in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. In this work, he assisted Indian residential school Survivors, conducted trial work in various provincial courts in the lower mainland, and also delivered Gladue submissions in provincial court and the New Westminster First Nations Court. 

 

Following this, Thomas articled at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. During his time at ALST, Thomas appeared for Indigenous clients at the Social Benefits Tribunal, the Landlord and Tenant Tribunal, and at the Toronto Gladue Court. He was also mentored in Gladue Reports at ALST, assisting writers and writing a report for use at the Toronto Gladue Court. Thomas was called to the bar in Ontario, and, in 2014, he was called to the bar in British Columbia. He established a solo practice in Prince Rupert focusing on criminal law, child protection, and restorative justice. 

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