Events

National Aboriginal Day

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Kelly Laycock, Publications Coordinator

“In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.”
—Government of  Canada website, About National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day falls on June 21 every year since 1996, when the Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, announced it through proclamation. According to the Government of Canada’s website, “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.”

It has become an opportunity for people across the country to celebrate the distinct heritage, cultural practices, spiritual beliefs and languages of Aboriginal peoples that form a part of our collective history in Canada.

National Aboriginal Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

  • In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day;
  • In 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples;
  • Also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day.

The date of June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year, was selected in cooperation with Indigenous organizations because of its significance for many Aboriginal communities.

In 2009, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month after the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion to recognize the historic contributions and the strength of Indigenous communities across the country today.

More Resources:

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website offers a page of learning resources for both children and adults, as well as a number of links to programs and initiatives they are supporting to advance reconciliation.

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan has an excellent list of Indigenous informational resources:
http://mcos.ca/june-is-national-aboriginal-history-month.

Events:

Aboriginal Day Live 2017

Join the Gathering or Watch from Home

Be sure to catch Aboriginal Day Live, a live broadcast of free concerts and activities happening in eight Canadian cities hosted by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

It started in 2007 as a small concert series for Aboriginal artists, held in a park outside the network’s headquarters in Winnipeg. Since then, the gathering has evolved into a multi-city celebration and, according to their website, “features some of the biggest names in Aboriginal music and television, including JUNO Award winners and on-the-rise artitsts. It showcases talent from all genres, regians and nations, ensuring the recognition and inclusion of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.”

aboriginaldaylive.ca

Victoria Park, Regina

The City of Regina, along with their partners, has developed a National Aboriginal Day (NAD) event that will take place in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, on June 21, 2017. The festivities will include a main stage with Indigenous entertainment, Indigenous crafters/artisans, information booths and children’s activities.

Victoria Park, Saskatoon

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner asks you to join them for the 2nd Annual “Rock Your Roots” Walk for Reconciliation in Victoria Park, Saskatoon. The walk is part of many activities in the park, starting with a Pipe Ceremony at 7:30am.
http://www.otc.ca

This article was published in the 2017 Summer Issue of the Benchers’ Digest. Be sure to check it out for more great articles relating to National Aboriginal Day.

Reminder: Law Society’s Annual General Meeting

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Just a reminder that the Law Society of Saskatchewan will be holding its Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. We will be hosting an esteemed panel from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on the inevitability of change and the impact that technology will have on the legal profession, and more broadly, on the legal system. Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear our panelists offer insight into the many issues and opportunities surrounding technology and its impact on the legal profession. Registration will only be accepted until Tuesday, June 13, so don’t miss this last opportunity to register! Register here.

Law Society AGM and Panel Discussion on Technology and the Changing Legal Landscape

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The Law Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on June 15 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Regina.

We will be hosting an esteemed panel from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on the inevitability of change and the impact that technology will have on the legal profession, and more broadly, on the legal system.

The panel will include:

  • Tim Brown, Executive Director of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Tim will be introducing the topic and setting the stage for our discussion.
  • Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour & Employment at Air Canada will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on change and how it relates to the legal profession.
  • Karen Dyck, Executive Director at Manitoba Law Foundation has acquired significant experience in technology change through all of her involvement with not for profit organizations. She is well positioned to discuss these changes and the opportunities it may create from an access to justice perspective.
  • Last but not least, we will hear from Dan Pinnington, Vice President, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations at LAWPRO. Dan is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger on legal malpractice, risk management, legal technology and law practice management issues.
  • Assisting us with the panel discussion, as our moderator, will be Craig Zawada, Director of Boundary Pushing at WMCZ Lawyers.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear our panelists offer insight into the many issues and opportunities surrounding technology and its impact on the legal profession.

This event qualifies for 2 CPD hours, which also qualifies for Ethics. Register here.

 

Free Family Law Assistance Clinics – Moose Jaw

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On the first Thursday of the month, free family law clinics for the public will be held at the Court of Queens Bench in Moose Jaw from 1:30 to 3:30:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

You can get help with your questions, and to use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

More information: Moose Jaw Sessions

TED-X Talk at the Regina Public Library

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By Alan Kilpatrick

On March 23, the Regina Public Library (RPL) held a TED Talk, TEDxRPLCentralLibrary at the RPL Film Theatre. TED Talks bring together diverse speakers and groups of people to connect and to discuss exciting and emerging ideas in the world today. TEDx Talks are independently organized and hosted TED events. If you are not familiar with the TED phenomenon, check out this video.

The TEDxRPLCentralLibrary website explained the theme of the event,

A library is place of connections – connections to learning, to language, to new experiences and new people. Engage is the action taken after you make a connection. It can also mean attract, occupy, involve, participate, pledge to do something; it’s the word said at the start of a swordfight and the one famously used by Captain Picard of the Starship Enterprise. At TEDxRPLCentralLibrary, we’re asking you to not just make a connection but to engage: with each other, with learning, with health, with creativity, with technology, with history, with the future, with the environment, and with ideas –new and old, big and small.

What better place to connect and engage than TEDxRPLCentralLibrary?  After all, the library is the natural place to learn about new ideas.

 

 

 

 

Free Family Law Assistance Clinics – Saskatoon

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

This week, Family Law Saskatchewan will be hosting  free family law clinics for the public in Saskatoon on Thursday, May 18   from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Round Prairie Branch and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cliff Wright Branch.  A session will also be held on Friday, May 19  from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Law Society Library, Court of Queen’s Bench:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

More information:

Law Society Library Saskatoon
Saskatoon Public Library

Happy (Belated) Birthday CanLII Connects!

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The CanLII Blog recently posted a message celebrating the third birthday of CanLII Connects. As we have posted before, CanLII Connects is a phenomenal website that features high-quality legal commentary and summaries of Canadian court decisions.  It’s a continually growing source of authoritative legal commentary that is free, accessible, and open to anyone.  Currently, the site boasts summaries of over 37,000 Canadian decisions dating back to the 1800s.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has been a major supporter of CanLII Connects since it was launched in April 2014.  To date, the Law Society Library has submitted over 25,000 summaries of Saskatchewan court decisions to CanLII Connects.  This represents our entire collection of case digests.  As you may know, the Law Society Library employs a number of contract digesters to summarize and digest Saskatchewan court decisions.  These digests appear in Case Mail, our popular semi-monthly newsletter, and in the Saskatchewan Cases database.

Please see the CanLII Blog for useful tips for using the CanLII Connects site.