Student appointed to provincial court

Megan Catalano

Doctor of Social Sciences student Karen Whonnock has been appointed to serve as a provincial court judge in British Columbia effective Aug. 8.

Whonnock has taught at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has also served as an associate judge of the Colville Tribal Court, worked for the Legal Services Society and has been the sole practitioner of law in Terrace, B.C.

Whonnock has published on Indigenous women, matrimonial real property and Aboriginal courts. A member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nations, Whonnock will serve Williams Lake and surrounding communities.

A member of the Law Society of B.C. since 2000, Whonnock holds a Master of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall at York University (2003) and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from the University of Toronto (1999). Whonnock was recognized with the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2015 for her exceptional merit and contribution as a legal professional.

Photo: Whonnock receiving the Queen’s Counsel designation in Feb. 2015. Left to right: Chief Justice Hinkson, B.C. Supreme Court; Chief Justice Bauman, B.C. Court of Appeal; Judge Karen Whonnock; and Chief Judge Crabtree, B.C. Provincial Court.