Sherri Helgason

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Sherri Helgason has worked in the human rights field for more than 25 years. She is currently the Director of the National Aboriginal Initiative, Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Sherri completed her studies in Commerce at the University of Manitoba, and began her employment as an investigator with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Manitoba in 1991. Sherri moved to Ottawa in 1993 to work as a Conciliator and later as Manager of Complaints and Investigations. She was the Regional Director of the BC and Yukon Regional Office for the Commission from 1998 to October 2000, when she returned to Ottawa as Director of Investigations nationally.

In 2007, Sherri returned to Winnipeg to establish the Commission’s new National Aboriginal Initiative. In this role, Sherri and her team are responsible for strengthening relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit stakeholders nationally, and for initiating Commission efforts to be more responsive to human rights concerns affecting or involving Indigenous peoples in Canada. Sherri has represented the Commission at numerous conferences and workshops promoting equality throughout Canada and internationally.

Sherri is of Ojibway and Icelandic heritage, from Manitoba.