On the 7th December 2020 the Federation of Law Societies of Canada released a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation. The statement was in recognition of the federation’s responsibility as a justice stakeholder to foster reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
The statement received the unanimous approval of the Federation Council and is an essential part of the Federation’s framework for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (“TRC”) Calls to Action. It recognizes the role that justice system participants play in fostering truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada and highlights the steps that the Federation will take in fulfilling its commitment.
The statement which was developed in consultation with members of the Federations Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action Advisory Committee and Indigenous legal experts, includes a statement of guiding principles which apply across all work, as well as nine specific recommendations.