I write to you as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Aboriginal Lawyers Forum. On behalf of our entire forum we write to extend our sincerest congratulations on your ascension to President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.
The CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum is a networking and mentoring forum for Indigenous law students, articling students, lawyers and judges. It is through the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum that our volunteers, members, and supporters work to address the retention of Indigenous people in the law; the support and enhancement of the stature and influence of Indigenous people in the legal profession; as well as to promote reconciliation and Indigenous cultural competency within the legal community.
We raise our hands to your volunteerism and dedication to our shared profession. The Barristers' Society holds an important and unique position in our profession as protector of the public and regulator for members of bar; as well as establishing initiatives for the betterment of our profession.
We applaud the Nova Scotia's Barristers' Society on its work to create a mandatory cultural competency program. We applaud your work as Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Working Group. We applaud your tireless efforts on access to justice issues and pro bono initiatives.
President Young, you are an inspiration to Indigenous lawyers across Canada and we wish you the best for your term as President.
Randy Robinson, Chair
Aboriginal Lawyers Forum