Hearing Appointee Lay Member
Laura Arndt was appointed as a lay member of the Law Society Tribunal in June 2021. She is a band member at Six Nations, and currently holds the position of Chair, in the School of Advancement at Centennial College. She has worked in human rights and child rights and social policy. Her work has taken her to the United Nations, Senate Committee hearings and before Inquest proceedings.
Laura has written submissions and shadow reports for: Senate committees, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on the occasion of Canada’s Periodic and Universal Reviews. In her work tied to Child Advocacy she has led the work and writing of reports tied to the Review of First Nations jury representation; Coroner’s review into the deaths in Pikangikum and work that has culminated in seven (7) reports to which she was a contributor and including, Indspire’s seminal report on the experiences of Indigenous Post-Secondary students in the post Truth and Reconciliation Landscape.
In her personal life, Laura works as a national mentor, with the Toronto Blue Jays, JaysCare Foundation, where she was part of developing a sport-based program for Indigenous youth from the James Bay Coast, James Bay Girls at Bat. She also sits on Right to Play Canada’s national advisory circle for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth. Beyond this work she was also a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross, her deployments included working in New Orleans, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and deployments in Ontario.