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Indigenous Advisory Group

About the Indigenous Advisory Group

Adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples[1] as its framework, the Indigenous Advisory Group advances and encourages the reconciliation of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous legal systems within the Canadian legal system (Constitution, laws and legal framework) and promotes the development of the relationships between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian legal structures and institutions in a manner that respects Indigenous values, beliefs and legal systems.

Mandate

  • To promote the implementation of recommendations and calls to action from reports generated regarding Indigenous Peoples and Canada’s legal system, including the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report and calls to action (2015) and the First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries Report by Justice Frank Iacobucci (2013).
  • To encourage partnerships and relationships between Indigenous Peoples, the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada and the Law Society.
  • To directly interact and partner with the Law Society, its Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee, bencher committees and affiliated working, advisory and other Law Society groups; Office of the CEO and other staff at the Law Society on all issues affecting Indigenous Peoples in relation to the Law Society.
  • To identify priorities and make recommendations on the provision of legal services by and for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.
  • To initiate, inform, promote and advance reform of policies, procedures, rules and regulations for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples.
  • To promote public awareness and educate members of the Law Society on issues related to and affecting Indigenous Peoples.
  • To review, comment and make recommendations on reports affecting Indigenous Peoples with respect to the legal profession.
  • To assess the progress and effectiveness of initiatives undertaken by the Law Society that address or relate to legal issues affecting Indigenous Peoples.

Guiding principles:

The conduct of each member and the work of the Indigenous Advisory Group is guided by the following core principles:

  • Mutual respect and understanding: Each member will afford respect to and strive to understand one another, the diversity of Indigenous cultures, legal systems, clients’ needs and experiences, and the issues to be addressed.
  • Consensus building: Each member and as a group will work to find consensus in the discussion of issues. Disagreements will be acknowledged and the members commit to compromise to find solutions wherever possible and practical.
  • Cooperation: Each member and as a group will work together toward realizing our shared purpose.
  • Words and action match: Each member and as a group will work to demonstrate integrity in carrying out our work. Efforts will be put forth towards prompt follow up on actions identified by the Advisory Group.
  • Confidentiality: Each member commits to maintaining the confidences of the membership and the discussions that occur and to refrain from disclosing any material deemed confidential that may come into the possession of the Advisory Group.

Members

Catherine Rhinelander (Co-Chair)
Danielle Lussier-Meek (Co-Chair)
Caitlin Tolley
Marcel Larouche 
Randall Kahgee
Sheila Warner
Tamara Moore

Elder's Council

Elder Myeengun Henry
Elder Larry McDermott
Elder Tauni Sheldon

To contact the IAG, please email equity@lso.ca


[1]The term “Indigenous” is inclusive of First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
 
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