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Statement of Recognition

The Law Society of the Northwest Territories acknowledge that we must always respect and nurture our relationship with the Dene, the Metis and the Inuvialuit, and with these lands we now call the Northwest Territories.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in its Calls to Action, called upon law societies to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal– Crown relations.

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in its Calls to Justice, called upon Canadian law societies to have mandatory intensive and periodic training of all who participate in the criminal justice system.

We, as a Law Society, continue to work towards meeting those calls.