Elizabeth is Inuit/Inuk from Nunatsiavut (which means our beautiful land in Inuktitut), Labrador. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria (2015) as well as a bachelor’s in political science and international development from Dalhousie University (2012) were she graduated on the Dean’s List. She is currently a graduate student studying a Master of Laws at Dalhousie (2020) and political science at Memorial University (2020). Her Master of Laws thesis focuses on Inuit legal orders and its application to modern Inuit treaties, specifically the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.
She has experience at the University of Victoria’s Law Clinic where she appeared before the British Columbia Provincial Court and worked with clients in the areas of human rights and family law. She also engaged in revitalizing Indigenous legal orders through stories as part of the Access to Justice and Reconciliation project with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria and with Coast Salish First Nations at West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver.
Elizabeth is called to the bar in Newfoundland and Labrador where she represents Indigenous clients on criminal, family, Indigenous governance and human rights matters. Recently, she was counsel representing Inuit at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls where she attended more than 13 national hearings across Canada.
What drives Elizabeth as a lawyer and academic is “to do what I can to advance the rights and interests of Indigenous people.” When she is not busy with the demands of the legal profession and academia, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, travelling, hot yoga, volleyball, spending time with family and going to the gym.
- Member, Indigenous Bar Association (2014)
- Board of Director, Canadian Roots Exchange (2016)
- Member, Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society (2017)
- Member, Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society, Diversity and Equity Committee (2019);
- Member, Inuit Branch, Indigenous Bar Association (2019).
- Erin Aylward, Elizabeth Zarpa, “Creating spaces for Indigenous Labradorians in provincial governance” in Alex Martland and Lisa Moore’s, The Democracy Cookbook, (St. John’s, ISER Books, 2017) at 321-325.