Senator Murray Sinclair speaks to Lawyers at Call to Action CLEOctober 31, 2019Senator Murray Sinclair shared his thoughts and experience on the legacy of the Residential School system in Canada and spoke to the responsibilities of lawyers and individuals working in the justice system to respond to the TRC’s Calls to Action.  In addition to Senator Sinclair’s presentation there was a moderated Question and Answer session with Senator Sinclair and PEI’s own Senator Brian Francis. 

“We are very fortunate to have Senator Sinclair and Senator Francis sharing their thoughts and experiences with our members and individuals from the broader justice community in PEI.  The Law Society is committed to raising the cultural competency of our membership and I know this event will be very impactful for everyone attending” said Rob MacGregor, President of the Law Society of PEI.

The PEI Law Society Call to Action Committee is tasked with ensuring that the Law Society responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #27, which reads:

“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.”