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gram was a contemporary Indigenous dance performed by Nigel Grenier, a
J.D. student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. His dance titled “Talking
Past Each Other” depicted the dialogue generated in Aboriginal and treaty
rights litigation, where Indigenous peoples and the Crown forward arguments
that stem from fundamentally different perspectives. This skillful
and moving piece asked the audience to consider two key questions: (1)
What is our relationship to the land? (2) What does it mean to be sovereign?
To learn more about Cultural Competency for Lawyers, or to join us for the
March 4 and 5, 2019 rebroadcast, visit <www.cle.bc.ca/1589>.
In October 2018 CLEBC hosted the Indigenous Laws Conference chaired
by Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem, Q.C., and Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-
Wilson. The conference created an active discussion exploring how space is
being re-made for Indigenous legal orders. Attendees learned about applications
of Indigenous law in areas such as land and resources, child welfare,
criminal law and human rights. In addition, faculty and attendees discussed
what it means to establish a pluralistic approach to legal problem solving in
Canada through topics such as how to make agreements and legislation
compliant with both Indigenous and Canadian laws. To learn more about
the Indigenous Laws Conference, or to join us for the March 6 and 7,
2019 rebroadcast, visit <www.cle.bc.ca/1493>.
Cultural Competency Resources
Are you unable to attend our courses but are still interested in learning
more about Truth and Reconciliation topics?
CLEBC is proud to announce that we have created a new Cultural
Competency Resources page on our website: <www.cle.bc.ca/culturalcompetency
resources>. On this page, you will find:
1. The TRC27 blog by CLEBC legal editor Joy Tataryn. With regular
posts, this blog features matters related to Truth and Reconciliation,
Indigenous law and decolonization.
2. “Word of the Week” by CLEBC staff member Jenny Andrews. This
series focuses on a specific Indigenous language word or phrase
each week to create awareness of the language, foster understanding
of its history and promote the Indigenous language revitalization
3. Practical resources from our courses on how to integrate cultural
competency into your daily work as a lawyer. We encourage you to
check out the excellent publication “Communicating Effectively
with Indigenous Clients” by Lorna Fadden, Ph.D.
Check back regularly for updates.