Lisa J. Smith is of settler and Inuit heritage. With ties to the Inuit community of NunatuKavut, she grew up on the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lisa has journeyed across unceded territory from coast to coast. She earned her law degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) before returning to the east coast, where she worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Gander.
Lisa has since shifted into policy work and has dedicated her career and expertise to advancing implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Lisa specializes in Indigenous advocacy in the international and parliamentary arenas. She is currently the political adviser to the President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). She is also a registered lobbyist, but her family refers to her as a professional charmer.
Lisa currently serves as the Community Advocate Co-Chair of the Indigenous Justice Action Circle.