Chair of the OCF Grants Committee
Legal and Policy Consultant
Karen Green is currently a Legal and Policy Consultant specifically for Indigenous and women’s rights. Prior to this, Karen was Director of Equity Services at Carleton University. Karen was also with the Department of Justice for over 15 years where she held a number of senior lawyer positions. Most recently, Karen was on an Executive Interchange assignment where she was the CEO of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Karen had her own law practice and consulting firm for 7 years. During this period, she worked with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples as the lead advisor and writer of the Chapter on Aboriginal Women. She is a graduate of the Queen’s University Faculty of Law and Trent University (Honours BA, Sociology and Economics). Karen is a First Nations person and is a citizen of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Karen has been an active volunteer in the community and has served on the Boards of the United Way, the Children’s Aid Society and the Champions for Children Foundation. In addition, Karen is actively involved within the Aboriginal community of Ottawa. She is a founding member of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal, former Executive Director of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and has served on the Board of Directors of both organizations. Karen has also been a volunteer with Minwaashin Lodge, Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre for several years. She was President until recently and is now serving on the Board as the Past President.