Sections & PD


The CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF) is a social networking and mentoring forum for law students, law graduates and lawyers. Due to the nature and mandate of the ALF, members will be primarily but not exclusively Aboriginal lawyers, law graduates and students. The mandate of the Forum is to facilitate social networking, mentoring, professional development and a celebration of Aboriginal culture. The ALF is not a group formed for the study of substantive law. Rather this group is meant to bring lawyers of all practices together, for support, networking and mentorship. Learn more


Provides a forum for the exchange of views and experiences for lawyers who deal with aboriginal issues for First Nations, industry and all levels of government, including self-governments.

Self-government, land claims, treaty rights and native business ventures are among the intriguing and sometimes controversial topics tackled by this Section. Keep on top of the political, social and economic developments and opportunities involving Canada's Aboriginal communities. 

Join the Vancouver Section or the Vancouver Island Section and play a role in shaping legislation and government policy on Aboriginal matters.


As an expression of our committed response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the CBA is pleased to offer this accredited online series at a preferential rate to CBA members.   

The program consists of 5 online modules made up of videos and quizzes that focus on the First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples of Canada, the history of Indigenous peoples and their relationship with European settlers, the British Crown and the Dominion of Canada. 

These modules set out to demystify some of the legal issues surrounding the Canadian Constitution, the Indian Act, historical and modern treaties, recent rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada and what they mean in practical terms. The final module provides some context to better understand the importance of cultural traditions and values for Indigenous peoples as well as suggestions on how to work and communicate with Indigenous colleagues and partners to strengthen your relationships.

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