We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Why “In Progress”?
Federation of Law Societies of Canada made commitments to respond to the Calls to Action on Mar. 11, 2016, Nov. 20, 2017 and Nov. 15, 2019. On June 6, 2020 the Federation unanimously approved 9 recommendations that chart path towards reconciliation.
On Aug. 7, 2020 the Federation unanimously approved all nine recommendations including mandatory Indigenous cultural competency training and ensuring access and availability to educational opportunities and collaborating with Indigenous organizations in the development and delivery of cultural competency training.
Most of the Provincial Law Societies have initiated a response to this Call to Action. The Canadian Bar Association endorses this C2A as do multiple Faculties of Law.
Commitment of Law Societies
The Law Society of British Columbia
The Law Society of British Columbia has moved to require Indigenous cultural competency training for all practising lawyers in the province, in response to gaps……
December 9, 2019
Bringing Balance to the Scales of Justice
Indigenous developed workbook
A new booklet designed for people working in the criminal justice system aims to give more context and understanding when working with Indigenous people involved……
March 12, 2018