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Indigenous Initiatives

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The Law Society recognizes that First Nation, Inuit and Métis Peoples may face unique access to justice challenges.

As the broader movement of reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous Peoples takes shape, we too are working to build bridges and common understanding through engagement and dialogue. We will use what we learn to improve our services, as well as access to our services, by Indigenous communities.

Resources for the Profession

Guidelines for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

In June 2018, Convocation approved revised and updated guidelines for lawyers who represent Indigenous clients. The 15 guidelines are designed to ensure the competence and professional conduct of lawyers in providing legal services to Indigenous Peoples, and non-discriminatory access to legal services in Ontario.

Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples

 The goal of the The Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous People is to provide a better understanding of the histories, cultures, laws, including spiritual laws, and legal orders of Indigenous Peoples. The guide also provides practical tools to help lawyers represent Indigenous clients as effectively as possible, and resources for lawyers to continue their education and improve their services to clients and others.


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