Protecting and Respecting the Earth's Soul -- Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson Lecture

04/19/2007 7:00 pm
04/19/2007 9:00 pm
Hosted by The Interfaith Summer Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements and the JS Woodsworth Lecture Series at SFU

SFU Harbour Centre SFU, Room 1700
515 West Hastings, Vancouver

Reserved seating is recommended: call 604-291-5100 or email

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a citizen of the Haida Nation from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.  She holds degrees in computer science and law from the University of British Columbia.  She has practiced in the area of aboriginal-environmental law for the last 10 years, and restricts her personal law practice at White Raven Law in this area.  Terri-Lynn represented the Haida Nation at all levels of court in litigation to protect the old-growth forests of Haida Gwaii, Council of the Haida Nation and Guujaaw, et. al. v. Ministry of Forests, et. al., and is currently counsel for the Haida Nation in an Aboriginal Title lawsuit.

Terri-Lynn has published and regularly lectures internationally in aboriginal law, particularly as it relates to cultural heritage and environmental protection.  She was the founding Executive Director of the charity EAGLE (Environmental-Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education).  She has volunteered for numerous organizations, including as an Advisory Council member for the Vancouver Foundation's Environment Program and as a juror for the Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership, at Ecotrust (US).  She is currently a board member of Earthlife Canada Foundation and Haida Gwaii Singers.

Terri-Lynn is devoted to perpetuating Haida culture, beginning with co-founding a children's dance group in 1978 and illustrating a children's book.  She is an accomplished singer and dancer and is an active member of the Rainbow Creek Dancers, which travels and performs locally and internationally.  She also creates appliquéd and woven ceremonial-regalia.  She and husband, artist Robert Davidson, often return to rejuvenate and connect with the land and people of Haida Gwaii.