Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

Aboriginal Justice Dialogue Sessions

One of our top priorities at the Legal Services Society (Legal Aid BC) this year is to improve our services for Aboriginal peoples in BC. We're asking for community input to help us with this important task. We want to hear from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis organizations and communities to get an informed view of the issues related to Aboriginal peoples and access to justice.

We're conducting a series of Aboriginal Justice Dialogue Sessions throughout BC to gather community input. See the questions we’re discussing at these sessions.

To find out more about the sessions, see the listings below.

Do you have questions or input for us? Email us at communitypartnerships@lss.bc.ca.

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Wed, October 28, 2015

Chilliwack Dialogue Session

Coast Chilliwack Hotel, 45920 First Avenue, Chilliwack, BC

A dedicated group of front-line service providers gave us their input and insights on a broad range of topics during our session in Chilliwack.

We heard that one of the biggest challenges people face when they need legal help is their lack of understanding about the legal system.

Another big challenge is that people don’t know what their rights are.

Participants suggested that we could increase communication and engagement with rural and remote communities by connecting directly with band offices and Aboriginal restorative justice programs.

We also received the suggestion that we could use Skype and other video-conferencing technologies to increase access to legal services.

Our thanks go out to the highly-engaged and experienced participants who shared their valuable knowledge and practical ideas with us.

Thu, October 8, 2015

Dialogue Session at Advocates Conference

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC

We met with a passionate group of advocates from all over BC at their provincial training conference in Richmond this year. We had a lively discussion and got valuable input on topics ranging from Gladue rights and First Nations Court to child protection and health services.

One suggestion we received for developing new self-help resources was to make them youth friendly and interactive. A participant observed that “storytelling is a powerful tool.”

Another suggestion was to provide more education about harvesting and hunting rights cases, particularly about the types of charges involved.

We got rich input and a broad range of ideas from the advocates. Thanks to everyone for their engaged, informed, and enthusiastic participation.

Wed, July 29, 2015

Kamloops Dialogue Session

Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

We met with a small and very engaged group from Kamloops and surrounding communities. We discussed a wide range of topics during our afternoon together.

We heard that Facebook is a great way to connect, and that many community members prefer text over email or voice calls to their cellphones.

We also heard that restorative justice is really important and something to be expanded.

After the session, one of the participants said she had “found it invigorating!”

The input and ideas the participants shared with us were insightful and practical. We thank everyone for giving so generously of their time and wisdom.