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The Advocates’ Society, Indigenous Bar Association and Law Society of Ontario release 1st Supplement to Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

TORONTO, September 29, 2022 /CNW/ – The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario are pleased to announce the release of the 1st Supplement to the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples today, before from Canada National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The supplement provides guidance to the legal profession on issues that are emerging and evolving in from Canada justice sector, including trauma-informed lawyers, land recognitions, the impact of new national and international legal developments and many more topics.

the original Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples, published in 2018, is a starter resource to help lawyers and other members of the justice system learn about Indigenous cultures, understand the interplay between Indigenous legal orders and the Canadian legal system, and gain practical skills to effectively represent Aboriginal clients. The Guide was always intended as an iterative and living document, to be supplemented from time to time with an ongoing perspective of reconciliation.

The supplement to the Guide continues the work started with the original. It covers important advances in the law involving Indigenous peoples since 2018. The supplement provides practical information, tools and resources for those who work with Indigenous peoples in the justice system, whether as clients, witnesses or opposing parties.

The supplement includes chapters on the following topics:

  • land recognitions
  • develop a trauma-informed approach to legal practice
  • Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • from Canada passing of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation
  • recent developments in litigation and treaty interpretation
  • evolving duties to consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples
  • the continued development of Gladue principles and their application in new legal contexts.

The Guide and the Supplement both respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the from Canada Call to Action #27, which calls on lawyers to receive appropriate cultural competency training.

Project partners — The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario — offer these resources to the legal profession and justice system stakeholders in a spirit of reconciliation and greater inclusion of Aboriginal peoples in the judicial process.

1st Supplement and the Guide are available in English and French.

“As we make this journey toward truth and reconciliation, it is incumbent upon all of us to learn more about the history and current plight of Indigenous peoples. system, there can be no reconciliation. The Law Society remains committed not only to enhancing the cultural competency of its members, but also to ensuring diversity and inclusion within the legal professions.

Jacqueline HorvatTreasurer of the Bar of Ontario

“The Advocates’ Society is proud to have worked in partnership with the IBA and the LSO to produce the 1st Supplement to the Guide for lawyers working with indigenous peoples. As requested by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Canadait is essential for all lawyers to Canada have the knowledge and skills to effectively represent and work with Indigenous peoples and ensure their greater and more meaningful inclusion in our justice system. The Guide and the 1st The supplement provides a solid foundation for the continuous learning and professional development of legal professionals on these critically important topics for reconciliation.”

Pierre KryworukPresident of the Bar Association

“The Indigenous Bar Association has been an active partner in developing the first Guide and now its 1st Supplement. It is incumbent on the Indigenous legal community to continue to educate and inform members of the profession about the importance of engaging with Indigenous peoples, whether as clients or adversaries, with respect and dignity. The Guide and the supplement give us a useful tool to which we can refer the legal community or anyone interested. »

Drew LafondPresident of the Indigenous Bar Association

“I am honored to have once again participated in the collaboration between the Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario produce the 1st Supplement to Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples. Continuing the profession’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the Guide was always meant to be an evolving resource and a stepping stone to further learning. There have been a number of significant advancements in the law since the publication of the original Guide in 2018, including in case law, legislation and legal practice. The supplement is not a “how-to”, but rather an effort to help the legal profession not only understand these advances, but also to continue to demonstrate the intentional effort needed to develop skills and improve access to justice for indigenous peoples. »

Kathleen Lickers, LSM, IPC, Supplements Working Group Chair

SOURCE The Bar of Ontario

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