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VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
By Ellen Zheng*
UPDATE ON CLEBC’S TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION INITIATIVES
Call for Contributors
CLEBC continues to work on addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
of Canada (“TRC”) call to action number 27 with regard to legal education.
One of the goals in CLEBC’s Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan is
to involve Indigenous lawyers actively in our work, in creating and delivering
courses and in developing legal materials. Since our last update, we are
delighted to share with you that more than 20 Indigenous legal practitioners
and experts have responded to our call for contributors.
We sincerely thank the Indigenous lawyers who have already identified
that they wish to be involved in the work of CLEBC. These volunteer contributors
will establish an advisory committee and advise CLEBC on how to
integrate discussion of Indigenous laws in all our core areas: family, criminal,
real estate, wills and estates, litigation and business.
CLEBC’s call for contributors remains open. If you are interested in participating,
please e-mail Teresa Sheward, program lawyer, at <teresas@cle.
bc.ca> or complete our web form at <www.cle.bc.ca/truth-and-reconcilia
Truth and Reconciliation Courses
This past fall, CLEBC held two successful Truth and Reconciliation–related
courses: Cultural Competency for Lawyers and the Indigenous Laws
Held in September 2018, Cultural Competency for Lawyers provided
attendees with skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict
resolution, human rights and anti-racism. A highlight of the two-day pro-
* Ellen Zheng, J.D. is a content marketing specialist for CLEBC.