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at countless engagements across the province and at two co-hosted justice
summits that included Indigenous community leaders, service organizations,
lawyers, members of the judiciary, justice system workers and
Remarkably, this will be the first justice strategy in our province’s history
adopted by government that aims to address Indigenous overrepresentation
in the justice system that is authored by and for Indigenous peoples themselves.
Our government is honoured to be supporting and participating in
this historic process, which included the first (and second) meetings in our
province’s history with judiciary, lawyers, government and the Indigenous
community to discuss this critically important issue and how to move forward.
A similar and equally important strategy in partnership with Métis
Nation BC is also under development using a similar approach.
For British Columbians, it is becoming clearer that after two years of
groundwork our government is living our commitment to the ideals of
access to justice as a true partner. While there remains much to do, through
real and tangible changes that are already making a meaningful difference
in the lives of British Columbians we are beginning to turn the page.
I am very grateful for the commitment of Premier Horgan and my colleagues
in government to access to justice, built on a foundation of decades
of work by advocates pushing for the reforms we’re seeing today. To me,
that commitment is something worth celebrating, and not just for a single
week—it has been a long time coming.