National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for all Canadians to commemorate the history and legacy of the residential school system. September 30th marks a day to honour the resilience, dignity and strength of survivors and intergenerational survivors and remember the children who never came home.

In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Law Society is partnering with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law and the Manitoba Bar Association again to hold a joint program on Wednesday, September 27. The CPD, The Journey Forward: Moving Toward Economic Reconciliation will be a conversation around best practices when working with Indigenous community business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Law Society is also in the final stages of preparing to launch The Path, a mandatory Indigenous intercultural awareness and competency training course for lawyers. The Path will ensure all practicing Manitoba lawyers have a basic foundation of knowledge about Indigenous peoples’ history and experiences and increase lawyer competence when dealing with Indigenous clients. This is an essential step in starting to fill this gap in our education.

The Path is a rich, multidimensional, and engaging immersion into First Nations, Inuit and Métis stories and perspectives on this place we now call Canada. The Path has been delivered to groups across Canada and beyond – with more than 25,000 learners from government departments, national trade organizations, private sector companies, national and provincial professional associations, cultural and arts groups, and many others. Beginning October 2, 2023, The Path will be available to all practicing Manitoba lawyers

To learn more about this education requirement, see The Path LSM FAQ page.