Wendy Moss is an Ottawa-based advocate, writer, speaker and thought leader, on human rights and Indigenous Peoples-Canada Relations (“Indigenous affairs”).

Wendy has a uniquely diverse senior management experience with federal and provincial governments, Indigenous Peoples governments and NGOs. Her experience includes working on Parliamentary Hill in several capacities.

Expertise

Wendy offers consulting services in the following areas of expertise to governments and to NGOs:

  • policy and legislative development
  • policy analysis
  • strategic planning
  • government relations
  • public policy advocacy
  • engagement strategies.

Specialized areas of knowledge include:

  • human rights
  • gender issues and gender-based analysis
  • approaches to intersectional analysis
  • Indigenous peoples-Canada relations
  • lands and resources/major project regulation

Wendy is known for a collaborative leadership style, clarity of analysis and producing results by effectively leveraging expertise across diverse academic disciplines, knowledge traditions and policy sectors.

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“Wendy Moss is a recognized leader in the area of human rights and indigenous affairs. She has, in her senior roles, overseen the advancement of legislation and initiatives of importance to the Indigenous community in Canada. She has considerable talent and expertise in managing complex operations at a very senior level with compassion and intelligence.”


PETER N. MANTAS | PARTNER | FASKEN | OTTAWA, CANADA

"Wendy’s experience is unique having worked with both Inuit and First Nations Leaders as a non-indigenous professional. I have known Wendy to be calm, focused and efficient. She sees the big picture while being able to focus significant attention to critical details. She examines the entire landscape and then seeks out resources required to garner the insight and information she needs. She has an outstanding memory and always attends to the smallest, but most critical, details."

STEPHEN KAKFWI | FORMER PREMIER OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE DENE NATION

“Wendy seeks to understand the facts and factors define the problems, issues or challenges to be examined and analyzed. She effectively communicates with the client or stakeholder audience at the language level to enable they understand the information she presents. Her goal is to ensure the client gets the best product and outcome which means accommodating and respecting other expertise toward a team approach."

ROGER JONES, I.P.C., | COUNCILLOR FOR SAGAMOK ANISHNAWNEK FIRST NATION | INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION

“Wendy has shown herself to be a proactive strategist. I recall an occasion when Wendy contacted me because the National Chief was planning to make a statement at a Parliamentary Committee Meeting, and Wendy wanted to carefully orchestrate the communication by testing her ideas with other organizations that may also have had perspectives on the issue at hand. She is very strategic in developing relationships and creating messages to advance the rights of Indigenous peoples. Her comprehensive approach and in-depth analysis is an excellent demonstration of effective policy development."

SHERRI HELGASON | DIRECTOR, REGISTRAR SERVICES AND EQUAL ACCESS DIVISION | CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION | WINNIPEG, MB

“Wendy Moss’ expertise and depth of insight for people, law, policy, history, legal precedents and knowledge of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous is vital and unique. She understands how government works and has a keen understanding of how to successfully engage at the federal, provincial and territorial levels to transform policy objectives into practical reality."

CRAIG BENJAMIN, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, CAMPAIGNER FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

“As Chief of Staff for the Assembly of First Nations, Wendy was incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable about advancing the rights of indigenous peoples through policy and legislation. In this role she demanded and demonstrated excellence. She set rigorous standards, including evidence, precedence, research, risk analysis and strategic considerations.

She elevated the quality of our work and this has made a lasting impact on the organization. I recently learned that my team applies the WWWD lens to their work – What Would Wendy do? Although I do the same, I didn’t have an acronym for it."

AMBER POTTS, ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS, DIRECTOR OF POLICY
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