Fairford Reserve, MB
Nominated by: Southern Chiefs Organization
Bonnie Woodhouse is a member of Pinaymootang First Nation in Treaty II Territory. She has been actively promoting Restorative Justice in her community and surrounding areas with exceptional distinction to Indigenous peoples that are in the Justice system. Bonnie has been employed with Southern Chiefs’ Organization since 2011 and currently holds the First Nation Justice Worker position. She works with the community members, Chief and Council, lawyers, crown attorneys, RCMP and judges. Her consultation and resources work based on the needs and wants of the community by assisting in the healing process involving the victim and/or community, as well as the person in conflict with the law. Bonnie attended the Red River Community College in 1990 and received a Certificate in Administrative Support for Manitoba Justice. She went on to attend the University of Winnipeg in 2001 to pursue her degree in Criminal Justice. Bonnie has accumulated over 25 years in the justice field, working in a variety of job positions including Court of Queen’s Bench, Evidence Room and Family Division. In 1992, she was one of the original members of the Original Bear Clan Patrol and received a Community Service Award in recognition of her work efforts.