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Indigenous Advisory Group seeks new members

June 29, 2021

The Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) plays a critical role in advising the Law Society of Ontario on matters impacting First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis licensees as well as Indigenous community members in the province of Ontario. The IAG is currently seeking new members.

At the June 23, 2021 Convocation, Law Society Treasurer Teresa Donnelly spoke to the important work of the IAG in relation to continued calls for reconciliation following the discovery of the unmarked burials of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential school, saying:

“The uncovering of this devastating tragedy highlights the important work that the Law Society needs to conduct, together with the Indigenous Advisory Group, regarding the implementation of the Law Society’s Indigenous Framework and the recommendations of the Review Panel on Regulatory and Hearing Processes Affecting Indigenous Peoples. The Law Society’s Indigenous Framework is based on four foundational pillars, which provide perspective and guidance for the Law Society in our interaction with Indigenous Peoples. Those pillars are:

•             Creating and Enhancing Cultural Competency
•             Achieving and Improving Access to Justice
•             Promoting and Supporting Knowledge of Indigenous Legal Systems
•             Taking Action on Reconciliation.”


If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the legal community and support critical work on reconciliation, and equality, diversity and inclusion, please consider applying to the IAG. Applications are encouraged from those who can provide perspective and experience of living/working in Northern Ontario, legal professionals early in their careers, members of diverse Indigenous communities, lawyers, paralegals and members of other professions.

The call for members closes on July 30, 2021. 

If you are interested in learning more about the important work of the IAG and how to submit an expression of interest, please visit the IAG page.

To learn more about the Law Society’s Indigenous initiatives and resources for licensees, please visit the Indigenous initiatives page.

Read Treasurer Teresa Donnelly’s full statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School here.

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