HELEN G. SEMAGANIS is a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation in the Province of Saskatchewan. She is the proud mother of five children and is an avid long distance runner. She is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Saskatchewan, and has held this standing since September 1996. Her law practice is focused on family, child welfare, wills & estates, and employment law with an emphasis on service to First Nations individuals and organizations. She has eight years of experience as an Adjudicator. She is grounded in the oral history of Treaty Six and the traditional knowledge of her Cree culture. For approximately the past 15 years, she has been the managing partner of the law firm, Semaganis Worme.
- 2009 - 2016 - Full-time adjudicator with the Independent Assessment Process, Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. General Counsel on matters involving child welfare, family, employment and estates law.
- 2007 - 2009 - Legal Counsel representing Claimants in the Alternative Dispute Resolution IRS Claims Process; and settled approximately 50 individual claims and one group of 60 claims. 1996 - 2009 - Full time legal practice in the areas of Child Welfare, Family Law, Wills, Estates and Employment Law.
Non Legal Experience
- 1998 - 2000 - Lead Negotiator, Treaty Governance Process, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
- 1996 – 1997 - National Researcher on Indian child welfare legislation and policy, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
- 1982 - 1989 - Director of Operations & Personnel, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
- 1979 - 1982 - Management Trainee and Branch Officer, Bank of Nova Scotia.
- Indigenous Bar Association of Canada
- Canadian Bar Association
- Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals