Margaret Dawn Anderson is a proud Inuvialuk who has been a public servant with the Government of the Northwest Territories for more than 20 years, working with communities and Indigenous peoples across the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.).
As part of her Master of Arts program in Indigenous Governance, Ms. Anderson is currently working as a Policy Analyst intern with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to prepare her defence for the Community Governance Project. In this role, she has participated in Inuvialuit self-government negotiations between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada.
Before returning to school, Ms. Anderson served in various roles with the Government of Northwest Territories Department of Justice. Notably, she was the Director of Community Justice and Policing, where she implemented positive changes to the territorial justice system. She also helped develop and implement the territory’s Wellness Court Program, a therapeutic program that attempts to reduce recidivism by treating underlying issues like mental health, addictions, and cognitive challenges.
Ms. Anderson’s dedication to her community and to improving the lives of others is best displayed through her Planning Action Responsibly Toward Non-violent Empowered Relationships (PARTNER) project, a northern-based program for low to medium risk domestic violence offenders, and her work as an active member of the Working Group for Domestic Violence Treatment Options Court. She also conducted a review of the N.W.T.’s community justice program through consultations, which resulted in a report with several recommendations to improve community-based programming.
Ms. Anderson is a two-time recipient of the territorial Premier’s Award for Excellence for her leadership and commitment to improving her community.