THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 27 • Promote awareness of the important contributions Aboriginal people have made to Canada, including to the development of law, and celebrate those contributions. • Promote the development of intercultural competencies for non- Aboriginal members of the legal profession. • Provide training on ethical lawyering for First Nations and being a responsible ally. Participation in the Legal System • Identify and address the systemic barriers faced by Aboriginal people seeking access to the legal system, and their unique client needs. • Promote methods for reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal peoples in the criminal justice system. • Promote methods for conducting court hearings on Aboriginal rights and title claims in a culturally appropriate manner. • Promote methods for advancing Aboriginal rights and title claims in a manner that facilitates the timely, efficient and just resolution of those claims. Commitment to Pro Bono Work to Support the Development of Aboriginal Communities • Develop strategic relationships with Aboriginal advocacy organizations to connect to Aboriginal people who need legal advice. • Develop and deliver pro bono legal education workshops, and host them in various communities. Promoting Indigenous Legal Systems • Provide education sessions on Indigenous legal systems. • Critically examine current practices and assess whether Indigenous legal systems and perspectives are being advanced. • Incorporate Indigenous legal perspectives into service delivery to clients. Creating Employment and Educational Opportunities • Investigate opportunities to increase and retain Aboriginal employment. • Provide a scholarship to support an Indigenous student program. • Identify and address the unique needs of Aboriginal lawyers.
Jan Advocate 2017
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