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Judge: Sharon Leslie Acoose

Sharon Leslie Acoose

Assistant Professor

First Nations University of Canada

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sharon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Indian Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada. Much of her work surrounds understanding and helping Indian women who have been in conflict with the law.

Living on the street from the age of 17 until her early 30s, Sharon realized that if she did not give up drugs, alcohol and sex work, she would not be around much longer.  Now 19-years sober, Sharon applies the experiences she's had to help others trying to break free of addiction and prostitution.

Sharon has worked with young people at the Regina Friendship Centre and the Pasqua Community Recreation Centre.  She currently sits on the Elizabeth Fry Society as a volunteer board member. At the Elizabeth Fry Society, Sharon works with incarcerated women and dedicates much of her time to helping Indian women in and out of prison. 

Sharon just recently won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. The award comes after research she produced concerning Indian women in treatment.  She is presently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Saskatchewan.

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