In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we would like to share information about our response to Call to Action #27.
The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) was the result of the largest class-action lawsuit in Canada’s history, which recognized the damage inflicted by the residential schools and established a multi-billion-dollar fund to help former students in their recovery. As part of the IRSSA, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created. The TRC spent six years travelling to all parts of Canada to hear from survivors, resulting in the release of the Calls to Action Report in June 2015. The Calls to Action Report outlines 94 areas that need to be addressed as part of the reconciliation process.
Call to Action #27 specifically addresses the legal profession and states:
“We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal – Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”
Recognizing the importance of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the advancement of reconciliation, the Law Society of Saskatchewan has committed to responding to Call to Action #27. We have developed several Continuing Professional Development programs to offer cultural competency training and will continue to develop further resources. Much of this work will be guided by our recently-formed TRC Advisory Group, made up of members of the Indigenous community in Saskatchewan. The mandate of the Advisory Group is to provide advice to the Law Society on issues within the mandate of the Law Society affecting Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, including assisting the Law Society to understand the needs of its current and prospective Indigenous members and Indigenous people both in the regulatory processes of the Law Society and in the Saskatchewan legal system and making recommendations to address those needs.
To learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation process, please check out our additional resources.
National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly National Aboriginal Day, falls on June 21 every year since 1996, when Governor General Roméo LeBlanc announced it through proclamation. According to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs 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 Indigenous peoples that form a part of our collective history in Canada and all of Turtle Island.
National Indigenous Peoples Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.
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 the northern hemisphere.
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.
See the National Indigenous Peoples Day Events Page for a complete list of activities across the country. Saskatchewan events on June 21 include:
Saskatoon: Events at Wanuskewin Heritage Park; Rock Your Roots: Walk for Reconciliation at Victoria Park
Indian Head: Events at Dixon Park
Porcupine Plain: Events at Porcupine Plain Comprehensive School
By Christine Muldoon
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By Christine Muldoon, Resource Coordinator
Further to my invitation a couple of months ago, thank you to all those who have volunteered to help update the Saskatchewan Practice Checklists. I am grateful to all the members who have been willing to take time out of their busy schedules and provide their expertise.
We are still in need of assistance, especially in the following areas:
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Asset Purchase and Sale Procedure
- Asset Purchase Agreement Drafting
- Share Purchase and Sale Procedure
- Share Purchase Agreement Drafting
- Incorporation under The Business Corporations Act
- Shareholders’ Agreement Procedure
- Shareholders’ Agreement Drafting
- Criminal Law
- Practice and Procedure
- Production and Disclosure
- Practice and Procedure
- Production and Disclosure
If you are interested in revising the Checklists on any of these subjects, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your interest in making the Saskatchewan Practice Checklists as valuable and reliable a resource as they can be.
By Jakaeden Frizzell, CPD Program Coordinator
It is no secret that lawyers live stressful lives. Stress is inherent in the job description and it has become part of the landscape. But for a profession built on sharp minds, are lawyers not due for a little TLC? Mental health is a major conversation in the world today because of the importance it holds for a person’s wellbeing. Beyond that, mental health directly affects a lawyer’s practice management and client relations – what great reasons to make it a priority.
I read an opinion article recently that confirmed for me the relevance of this discussion within the practice of law. I am proud to share that the Law Society of Saskatchewan and CBA Saskatchewan have collaborated to offer a skill building seminar for our members titled “Mental Health and the Law: Resilience in a High Paced Profession” on June 4 (Saskatoon) and June 5 (Regina).
Join us for the opportunity to learn from resilience trainers Stan and Nikki Johnson who instruct at the U.S. Army Master Resilience School at Fort Jackson. Attendees will also hear presentations from local practitioners throughout the day. For more information and to register please Click Here.