Law Society of BC Truth and Reconciliation Symposium

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Photo: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives, British Columbia National Event, PHOT-E15-0774

CLEBC is proud to have hosted the November 23, 2017 Truth and Reconciliation Symposium (the “Symposium”) in collaboration with the Law Society of BC, the theme of which was “Transforming the Law from a Tool of Assimilation into a Tool of Reconciliation.” The Symposium consisted of many powerful presentations, important reflection, and open dialogue about how the legal community can begin to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Highlights of the day included the keynote speech by The Honourable Judge Steven L. Point, OBC with personal stories illustrating the ways bias and discrimination are daily occurrences for Indigenous people and the now widely-viewed “But I Was Wearing a Suit” mini documentary (produced by CLEBC) about the racism Indigenous lawyers face within the legal profession. Download all of the course materials here.

We are pleased to share our recordings below from the Symposium and encourage everyone to take some time to view them and think about how we can all contribute to taking steps towards reconciliation:

 Conference Opening and Introduction Plenary–Setting the Stage

Biases in the Practice of Law

Keynote Speaker: “We Create Our Future by What We Think, Say and Do Today”

Lawyer Education

Forging a Path of Reconciliation: Gathering Thoughts from Breakout Sessions

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