Together with local and national partners, Access to Justice Week will include a series of awareness-building virtual programs, centered around the themes of community building and inclusive justice.

Learn more and register your attendance by using the links below.

Mon, Oct 25 | 7am PT

A closer look: The justice sector’s response to the TRC calls to action

Hosted by the Law Society of Ontario

Enhancing the legal professions’ relationships with First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples is a priority in advancing access to justice. This session, moderated by Treasurer Teresa Donnelly, explores the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action relevant to the justice sector, and examines the unique cultural, historical, and socio-economic barriers that continue to impact Indigenous Peoples’ access to and interaction with the Canadian justice system. Indigenous legal professionals will provide insights on how these barriers can be addressed to provide better legal services to Indigenous communities.


LSBC Code: A2J1025

Mon, Oct 25 | 9am PT 

Access to Justice: Indigenous Perspectives

Hosted by the Law Society of Manitoba

The Law Society is excited to take part in Access to Justice Week October 25 – 31, 2021 by hosting this important 90 minute panel discussion. Join us for a timely conversation with the Honourable Murray Sinclair, first Indigenous CBA President 2020, Bradley Regehr, and special guest speaker Dr. Pamela Palmater, moderated by Danielle Morrison.


LSBC Code: A2J1025B

Tue, Oct 26 | 11am PT 

Reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on online adjudication 

Hosted by College of Law, University of Saskatchewan

This session will involve a conversation reflecting on the past year with respect to online adjudication and dispute resolution in a variety of settings. Panelists will address questions such as, what went well with advancements with online adjudication, and what could have gone better? What online adjudication issues could have been prevented if we knew COVID-19 was going to happen, and we had more time to prepare to turn to online adjudication? What would we have done differently, if anything? Given the advancements and potential shortcomings of online adjudication, what benefits does it provide from an access to justice perspective? What adjustments and tools are around to stay?


LSBC Code: A2J1026

Tue, Oct 26 | 11am PT 

People-centered access to justice:
Best practices for serving clients with mental health needs

Hosted by the Law Society of Ontario

The pandemic has created a renewed focus on mental health, especially within the justice sector. Legal professionals are not only striving to look after their own mental health and wellness but are often serving clients facing mental health challenges themselves.
The panel of lawyers with experience acting for clients with mental health needs will discuss how to identify when your client may be facing mental health challenges and what people-centred approaches will help both you and your client successfully navigate these challenges together.


LSBC Code: A2J1026B

Wed, Oct 27 

Duty Counsel Day 

Hosted by Legal Aid Plans of Canada

On October 27th learn about Duty Counsel and tell your fellow Canadians. The power to navigate the justice system is in your hands.


LSBC Code: A2J1027

Wed, Oct 27 | 11am PT 

Developing and Engaging in a Reconciliation Mapping Exercise

Hosted by Law Society of Saskatchewan

As part of its commitment to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, the Law Society of Saskatchewan is undertaking a Reconciliation Mapping Exercise, developed and facilitated by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) to determine a baseline of reconciliation efforts and support the development of recommendations for forward progress. 

The OTC has worked with partner organizations to develop a common vision for successful Truth and Reconciliation and a methodology for guiding and measuring progress in Saskatchewan aimed at inspiring action, informing reconciliation learning, and increasing collective impact. The OTC has identified indicators to measure progress based on foundational reports such as the TRC Calls to Action, the MMIWG Calls for Justice, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These indicators have been used to create a logic or outcomes model for determining a possible path that an individual, an organization and society can grow towards. In turn, a growth model summarizes the logic model into a series of steps for the advancement of truth and reconciliation, starting with capacity change and moving to behavioural change and then systems change. 

During this session, the OTC and Law Society of Saskatchewan will discuss the importance of the Reconciliation Mapping Exercise, its methodology, experiences to date, and offer perspectives on lessons and good practices. 


LSBC Code: A2J1027B

Wed, Oct 27 | 12:30pm PT

Rural Access to Justice 

Join us to hear justice professionals from across rural Atlantic Canada discuss the various challenges presented by the access to justice crisis in their region. Panelists will share and compare challenges in their respective regions and discuss possible solutions.


LSBC Code: A2J1027C

Thu, Oct 28 | 9am PT 

Advancing Community-Based Justice 

Hosted by the Action Committee on Civil & Family Justice

This session will explore the critical work done by community-based organizations that support and assist people with their housing, immigration, health care, employment and other problems with legal dimensions.

Our keynote for this event will be Rebecca Sandefur, a leading American access to justice scholar. This will be followed by a panel on community-based workers across Canada who will share their views on what is working and what is not, and what they have learned about providing responsive, effective services.

Lastly, we will open up the conversation to participants focussing on how the justice system can better support the community based work.


LSBC Code: A2J1028

Thu, Oct 28 | 11am PT 

Disability Justice: Accessibility and Beyond

Hosted by the University of Alberta

Disability justice is a core issue for millions of Canadians. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the continuing injustices faced by Canadians with disabilities/disabled Canadians: punitive social assistance programs, substandard conditions in supportive housing, and ableist assumptions in the delivery of healthcare, to name a few. Accessibility legislation is one important element of disability justice. Speakers in this session will detail what accessibility legislation does and why it is important. They will describe the development and implementation of accessibility legislation in Ontario and federally, as well as the current efforts to have such legislation adopted in Alberta. They will reflect on the promise and limits of law reform and invite us to consider “what else” we must do to achieve real disability justice in Canada.


LSBC Code: A2J1028B