Call to Action #27 - Federation of Law Societies, Cultural Competency Training
6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 66 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.
Under the Justice category, the 27th Call To Action is:
“27. 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.”
Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: In Progress
"Most of the Provincial Law Societies have initiated a response to this Call to Action. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada made an initial commitment to respond to the Calls to Action on Mar. 11, 2016, and then on Nov. 20, 2017 and then again on Nov. 15, 2019. After almost 4 years there is still no supporting details on any specific actions and/or recommendations. Canadian Bar Association endorses this C2A as do multiple Faculties of Law."
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