Cultural Competency for Lawyers


Course Date: September 17, 2018

Course Agenda ▼

Day 1

Welcome and Introduction

Patricia M. Barkaskas Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic & Instructor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver
Gabriel George 
Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Chief Janice George
Squamish Nation
Jim Kwes’ Kwestin KewActing Protocol and Communications Officer, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver
Lee SchmidtAssociate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Territorial Acknowledgement

  • the importance of welcoming in Indigenous Cultures

Jim Kwes’ Kwestin KewActing Protocol and Communications Officer, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver

Identity and Situatedness

Cynthia CallisonCallison & Hanna, Vancouver
Darlene Johnston — Associate Professor, Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Break

Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Survivance 

Darlene Johnston — Associate Professor, Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (provided)

Indian Residential Schools

  • history and legacy of residential schools
  • colonialism and genocide
  • the forced transfer of Indigenous Peoples’ children
  • inter-generational effects and ongoing societal impacts: overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in the justice system

Bev Sellars — Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation, Williams Lake

Break

Cultural Competency in Context: Bringing It All Together

  • what does “cultural competency” mean
  • how does cultural competency impact lawyers’ overall competency
  • anniversaries of the Canadian state from Indigenous perspectives
    Three videos
    • Chief Dan George — “A Lament for Confederation," 1967
    • George Erasmus — Canada’s 125th “birthday,” 1989
    • Christi Belcourt — “Canada, I can cite for you, 150” (at Canada’s 150th “birthday”)

Patricia M. BarkaskasAcademic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic & Instructor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver
Lee SchmidtAssociate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Closing Comments

Patricia M. Barkaskas Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic & Instructor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver
Lee SchmidtAssociate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Day 2

Talking Past Each Other

Talking Past Each Other describes, in the form of contemporary Indigenous dance, the dialogue generated in Aboriginal and Treaty Rights litigation, where Indigenous peoples and the Crown forward arguments that stem from fundamentally different perspectives. This piece delves into two key questions: what is our relationship to the land? And what does it mean to be sovereign?

Nigel Grenier — JD, Student, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC; Lead Dancer, Dancers of Damelahamid, Vancouver 

Break

The British Columbia Context

  • colonialism and the role of the legal system in British Columbia

Johnny Mack — Assistant Professor, Law and First Nations Studies Program, Faculty of Arts, University of BC, Vancouver

Racism and Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

  • recognizing and acting on racism and implicit bias in the legal profession

Dr. Bruce McIvorLawyer, First Peoples Law, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (Provided)

Lawyering for Reconciliation

  • lawyering from different perspectives

Rhaea BaileyLegal Services Society of BC, Vancouver
Kennedy A. Bear RobeGowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
Renzo D. Caron — Vice President, Indigenous Services, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver
Leah B.M. Fontaine — Crown Counsel, Duncan
Isabel Sa-Gyo: Gitxsan Jackson
Department of Justice, Vancouver

Laura A. Matthews Matthews Mediation, Mission
Michael McDonald, QCClark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Karenna L. Williams — Grant Huberman, Vancouver

Break

Lawyering for Reconcili-action: Case Studies

  • contextualizing legal advice in the spirit of reconciliation
  • working together on what lawyering for reconciliation can look like

Rhaea BaileyLegal Services Society of BC, Vancouver
Kennedy A. Bear Robe Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
Renzo D. CaronVice President, Indigenous Services, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver 
Leah B.M. FontaineCrown Counsel, Duncan
Isabel Sa-Gyo: Gitxsan JacksonDepartment of Justice, Vancouver
Laura A. MatthewsMatthews Mediation, Mission
Michael McDonald, QC Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Karenna L. Williams — Grant Huberman, Vancouver

Plenary Discussion and Closing Comments

 

 

 

Total: 10h 34min