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Indigenous Initiatives

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The Law Society recognizes that First Nation, Métis and Inuit 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.
 

WGCC Indigenous Scholarship 2021

Women General Counsel Canada (WGCC) is offering an annual $2000 scholarship for Indigenous 2nd year students (or, if enrolled in a 4 year combined law degree program,  2nd or 3rd year students) enrolled in a Canadian JD or LLB programme. The application deadline is December 17, 2021.  More information is available on the WGCC website

Resources for the Profession

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

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More information about our Indigenous Initiatives

To regulate the legal professions effectively in the public interest, we are committed to being responsive to the diverse needs of all Ontarians. We are leading the way by building equity and access to justice principles into our services for the public and supports for lawyers and paralegals.

Read more about the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples in the news release of May 23, 2018
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