#365indigenous: Marion Buller
Marion Buller is a Cree woman and member of Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.
Buller was the first female Indigenous judge appointed to the British Columbia provincial court, where she served 22 years. She established the First Nations Courts of British Columbia in 2006, a criminal sentencing court which uses restorative justice and traditional ways to reach balance and healing. Chief Commissioner Buller has lectured and written extensively about Indigenous issues and rights.
She took on the formidable and emotionally arduous work of chairing the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited People. As Chief Commissioner, Buller played a major role in the writing of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; a comprehensive two-volume report which examines the causes for the disturbing statistics of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Canada that is must-reading for anyone seeking to repair relationships between settler and Indigenous Peoples.
Says Buller, “Many of the truths I heard from families and survivors left me in tears. At the same time, all of the families’ and survivors’ courage and resilience inspired me and gave me hope for real change in our communities. Since then, I have heard from many individuals and families who, as a result of sharing their truths with us, have made healthy changes in their lives. I am forever grateful to all of them. As we start to write our Final Report, I am reminded of the recommendations made by families and survivors. They are the real experts about what has to change.”