Velma Orvis is currently the Grandmother Keeper of the moccasin vamps of Walking With Our Sisters, an installation art project of 1,700 pairs of moccasin tops or “vamps” commemorating and representing an estimated 824 Aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada since 1961.

Velma is active with Ka Ni Kanichihk (Those Who Lead), Grandmother’s Council and the Grandmothers Protecting our Children group. She is also a current member of the National Parole Board Prairie Region. She is also a former member of the Manitoba Council on Aging (to 2007).