This week, we observe Canada's inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We call upon all CBABC members to use this time to be aware, to reflect and to learn more about the experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
This day recognizes the lost children and survivors of the residential school system, their families, and their communities. Some of us have been living with this hurt and legacy for a long time. For others, our awareness was raised this year. By commemorating this day on a national level, this tragedy is now brought into the consciousness of all Canadians. No matter where you are on your reconciliation journey, this day brings us together to support one another, to grieve, and to do better.
As lawyers, we acknowledge with deep regret the role the legal profession had in this history. We recommit ourselves to the Calls to Action and to making real and substantive changes to how we practice law and run our businesses. This is how we can make a difference, and work towards a vision of an inclusive justice system for all Indigenous peoples.
This Thursday, on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we will reflect on Canada's history, listen to shared experiences, and empower the voices of Indigenous people to hear their truths.
Aboriginal Lawyer Forum Chair
CBABC has compiled a list of resources to offer suggestions on how to commemorate this important day and take action on reconciliation. We also offer crisis contact information for Indigenous and non-Indigenous lawyers. Learn more.