Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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.
The Law Society, as the regulator of all Manitoba lawyers, is committed to responding to the Call to Action and embraces the opportunity to work toward reconciliation as between Indigenous peoples, the legal profession and within the justice system. A number of educational programs are being offered and where appropriate, cultural competency is being incorporated as a component of existing programming. The Law Society is also examining and addressing barriers that are faced by Indigenous lawyers and articling students in Manitoba.
The Law Society encourages all of its members to read the final report or the executive summary of the TRC.