Teresa Edwards is Mi'kmaq First Nations and her ceremonial name is Young Fire Woman. Teresa has worked for 30 years to improve the socio-economic conditions for Indigenous Peoples in Canada, striving for equality, through research, and by working to change laws and policies, including trying to eliminate sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of Indigenous women and girls. She is an International Human Rights Lawyer, a writer, researcher and advocate who has worked within Government, National Indigenous Organizations and her own practice.
Teresa is now the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel at the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many impacts of the Residential School System and with the mission to educate towards creating just and equal relationships of Reconciliation and healing for all Canadians. She also works for the Elizabeth Fry Society where she helps Indigenous women coming out of prison to add to their life skills, cultural connections and to promote their healing and well-being.