Hi, my name is Lisa Abbott, I’m Cree from Treaty Six Territory and a member of the Pelican Lake First Nation located northwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am most proud that I am the mom of two beautiful daughters, Breanna and Sierra. I single parented my children through university and earned a Bachelor of Laws in 2005 from the University of Saskatchewan. I began my legal career by articling with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) under prominent human rights lawyer Mary Eberts. I am returning to NWAC, as the new Executive Director, after nearly a decade-it feels a bit like coming home!
I’ve been a committed and passionate advocate for equality and human rights, Aboriginal and Treaty rights. I’ve served as Senior Advisor to the former President of the NWAC for the Sisters in Spirit campaign in its early days and a champion on key issues such as violence against women, matrimonial real property on reserve and access to justice. I’ve also had the great opportunity to work nationally in strategic policy, planning and law at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and regionally as Political Advisor to the Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).
I’m a lawyer and entrepreneur who has run a successful law practice, Abbott Law Office, for the last five years, with a special interest in advocating for residential school survivors and as legal counsel for children in care. I graduated from law school over a decade ago with one goal-to use my law degree for social justice and serve the community. It is a purpose that has fueled my passion in all the work that I do.
In the 42nd Federal Election I was the Liberal Candidate for Saskatoon West. While unsuccessful in winning the seat our team increased the popular vote 3.7% to 25%- we treated that as a victory and it will inspire us to work twice as hard in 2019! Running, as one of the few indigenous female candidates, in the federal election was the experience of a lifetime.