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(L-R) Myeengun Henry and Teresa Donnelly

LSO kicks off sixth annual A2J Week with sunrise ceremony at Osgoode Hall

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 @ 11:08 AM | By Amanda Jerome


On Oct. 25, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) launched the sixth annual Access to Justice (A2J) Week by hosting a sunrise ceremony performed by Indigenous Elder Myeengun Henry.

In a statement, LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly said she is “deeply grateful to Elder Henry for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with us at this morning’s sunrise ceremony at Osgoode Hall.”

(L-R) Myeengun Henry and Teresa Donnelly

“We recognize the importance of enhancing the legal professions’ relationships with Indigenous Peoples. That’s why we are beginning Access to Justice Week with a day of reconciliation-centred programming,” she added.

A release issued by the law society noted that several A2J sessions throughout the week “focus on Truth and Reconciliation, implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and building cultural competency.”

The release noted that Ontario’s A2J Week is hosted by TAG: The Action Group on Access to Justice “in collaboration with the Law Society of Ontario and justice sector partners.”

“In addition to opportunities for legal professionals, this year’s programming also features public-facing workshops designed to help break down everyday barriers faced by those accessing the justice system. Three free public legal education seminars will be held on October 27 and 28, in French and English, to help answer everyday legal questions and connect participants to relevant legal resources,” the release explained.

The schedule also offers programing for legal professionals, which include sessions on “supporting clients with mental health needs, rural access to justice, best practices in digital justice, [and] disability justice.”

Donnelly noted that the “free public legal education seminars are one way that the justice sector is working to increase access to justice in communities across the province.”

“Language barriers are a very real issue for many in the justice system, so I’m very pleased that we have seminars on both days that will be offered in French. This will help ensure participants are aware of their French language rights and how to find legal resources and services in French,” she added.

Photo credit: The Law Society of Ontario.

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