Jean Sorensen|Dec 14, 2015
The Law Society of British Columbia wants all its member lawyers to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report, says LSBC president Ken Walker.
Integral to the report is the role police and lawyers played in responding to complaints of abuse of children in residential care, but it also argues for greater intervention to reduce over-represented numbers of youth in custody and in the foster care system, the victimization of indigenous people, a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, and the over-represented numbers of First Nations people in prisons.
“The benchers unanimously agreed in October that addressing the challenges of the report was one of the most important and critical obligations facing the country and legal system today,” says Walker. “Two of [the recommendations — 27 and 28 —speak specifically about the legal profession, but we realize the need to go beyond those recommendations.”