Recorded 2021 Nov 30
Qualifies for 2.0 CPD Hours, all of which qualifies for Ethics
The Law Society partnered with Level Justice to provide this webinar. This training equips legal professionals with insights and challenges for shifting from a passive form of reconciliation to a more active one.
Despite representing about 8% of the Canadian youth population in 2019/2020, Indigenous youth made up almost half of the youth admissions to custody (Statistics Canada). While the reasons for barriers to justice for Indigenous communities are complex, the lack of culturally appropriate educational programming and supports, coupled with the effects of racism and colonialism are widely recognized as significant issues.
We [Level Justice] believe that to combat discrimination and create an equitable justice system, we must invest in the capacity to elevate empathy, increase intercultural awareness and embrace humility in the justice sector. This event provides legal professionals with specialized training to increase their knowledge on the histories and lived realities of Indigenous communities while also providing them with tools to be allies in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
This event will provide participants with a deeper understanding of:
-How to approach your work with Indigenous communities from a place of solidarity and allyship;
-Client-centred lawyering; and
-The skills of empathy in the legal profession.
Métis Senator, Elder Constance Simmonds, opens the live event with a prayer (not recorded) and traditional knowledge. Samantha Matters, an Indigenous researcher and academic, leads the Cultural Humility Training portion with an interactive Anti-Indigenous Racism workshop. Shelan Markus, Level Executive Director, completes the event with Empathy Training for legal professionals (which included a breakout - not recorded).