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Communicating Effectively with Indigenous Clients: Talk & Handbook Launch

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Law Society of Ontario

130 Queen Street West

Upper and Lower Barristers' Lounge

Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

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Aboriginal Legal Services invites you to join us to celebrate the release of a new resource for lawyers, judges and others working in the justice system who represent or work with Indigenous clients. Communicating Effectively with Indigenous Clients is a handbook and educational tool that we believe will give lawyers and others working in the justice system the knowledge and skills they need to better serve Indigenous clients and communities. Ultimately, we believe this resource will help reduce Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, and lead to more just outcomes for Indigenous people in all areas of the Canadian colonial legal system.

This handbook was authored by Lorna Fadden, PhD, JD (Cand 2019). She holds an Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University where she earned her doctorate in forensic linguistics and taught linguistics for teachers and learners of Indigenous languages. She will complete her law degree at Thompson Rivers University in 2019. Dr. Fadden is an expert in the area of forensic discourse analysis, including Indigenous peoples’ interactions with the criminal justice system. Dr. Fadden is a Red River Métis living in unceded Katzie territory.

The handbook is beautifully illustrated by the photography of Johan Hallberg-Campbell. Hallberg-Campbell will speak about his work in remote First Nations and Inuit communities and how he, as a non Indigenous person, has built respectful and meaningful relationships in the work he does.

Handbook editors Jonathan Rudin (Program Director, Aboriginal Legal Services) and Amanda Carling (Board President, Aboriginal Legal Services) will co-host the event. Traditional Teacher Dorothy Peters will open and close the event. Following the program, attendees will receive their own free copy of the handbook and will get a chance to ask questions and visit with the author, photographer and editors. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to lawyers, judges, justices of the peace, police services representatives, ALS funders and other working in the justice system. Space is limited - you must be registered to attend.

Aboriginal Legal Services acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Fund for supporting the creation of the handbook. We also thank the Law Society of Ontario for hosting this event. Aboriginal Legal Services is solely responsible for all content of the handbook and this event.

If you have any questions, please contact amanda.carling@utoronto.ca.

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