Cultural Competency Resources

Cultural Competency Resources


In 2018, The Law Society of Ontario, together with the Indigenous Bar Association and the Advocates Society, produced a “Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples”.  To access the guide, click here.


Online courses

The Path – Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada.   Produced by the Canadian Bar Association.  For information click here. The law Society provides free membership.

Living Well Together.  Produced by the GNWT.  To access click here.

The Land Claims Agreements Coalition have created a suite of free online courses pertaining to modern treaties.  Click here to access.

The University of Alberta offers an Indigenous Canada course.  Click here for more information. 

Video material

The Canadian Association for the Institute of Justice has a set of six 90-minute seminars entitled “Indigenous Peoples and The Law”.  The link is here.

“But I was wearing a Suit” is a mini-documentary about the racism that Indigenous lawyers and law students face within the legal profession. It was created by a group of BC Indigenous Lawyers, was produced with the support of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the Law Society of BC, and is accessible on You Tube. The link is here.

In 2016, Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair addressed the BC Ministry of Justice.  “A Story Canada Needs to know” can be accessed here.

Written material

In Those Days – Kenn Harper

Past and Future Lands – Martin O’Malley

From Lisshamie – Albert Canadian

Finding Dahshaa – Stephanie Irlacher-Fox

Clearing the Plains – James Daschuk

Night Spirits – Ila Bussidor and Uston Bilgen-Reinart

Indigenous Healing – Rubert Ross

The Heart of Everything That Is – Bob Drury & Tom Glavin

Empire of the Summer Moon – S.C. Gwynne

1491 – Charles C. Mann

Paying the Land – Joe Sacco

Doing Things the Right way -Dene Traditional Justice in Lac La Marte NWT – Joan Ryan

I am Woman – Lee Maracle

God is Red – Vine Deloria Jr.

American Holocaust – David Stannard

21 things you may not know about the Indian Act – Bob Joseph

Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire – Allice Legat

The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Sugar Falls — A Residential School Story  – David Alexander Robertson

Fatty Legs – Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton 

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City – Tanya Talaga.  


Trauma-Informed Lawyer – You can access the podcast series here.

If you know of any other resources to be added to the list, please pass them on to us and we will add them.

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