Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation
The Law Society of Manitoba recognizes the significance of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action directed at all segments of Canadian society. In particular, the Law Society endorses Call to Action #27 that calls upon law societies 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.
We are committed to responding to the Calls to Action and embrace the opportunity to work toward reconciliation between Indigenous people, the legal profession and within the justice system. The Law Society has engaged in the following initiatives as steps towards reconciliation.
For further information on the steps the Law Society has taken in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, specifically Call #27, please contact Alissa Schacter, Equity Officer, and Policy Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.