Meena Ansari is a Pakistani immigrant. Her passion for Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination stems from experiencing colonization in South Asia. Meena’s approach to lawyering is trauma-informed, culturally humble, and client-centred.
Meena saw the internal workings of the provincial government when she articled with the Alberta Crown in Treaty 8 territory. Before prosecuting for the Crown, she was a legal advocate in Nuxalk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and Heiltsuk territories. As a legal advocate, she presented to band councils on the patriarchy inherent in the Indian Act, aboriginal harvesting and treaty rights, and First Nations child protection. She also worked as a researcher at POLIS environmental law think tank, examining Indigenous solutions to climate issues.
Meena received her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, where she participated in a semester-long field course on W̱SÁNEĆ ways of being. Meena presented her learnings at the 13th Annual Canadian Law School Conference, where she won Best Speaker. Meena has also received academic achievement awards from the University of Victoria and the University of Pittsburgh.
Before launching a legal career, Meena was an Uber driver, Reiki healer, and visual artist. Outside of work, Meena enjoys watching stand-up comedy shows, petting other people’s dogs, and sitting on NGO boards.
Meena is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. She will eventually be joining our team in Yellowknife.