Legal Aid Alberta offices will close early to the public on September 30, allowing our teams to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Most LAA services will continue as usual as courts in the province are open. Duty counsel lawyers, including the JP Bail team, will continue serving throughout the day. Lawyers with scheduled court appearances and client meetings are still attending the courts and providing access to justice for clients.
As well, LAA will be fully staffed the morning of September 30 but some services will be unavailable after 12 noon. Our telephone contact centre, will close at. 11:30 a.m. and will re-open as usual at 8:15 a.m. the following day.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides time for Canadians to honour Indian Residential School survivors, their families, and communities, and to “ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
Watch: Legal Aid Alberta honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
There are two ways we can serve and support our clients on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, said LAA President and CEO John Panusa.
“One is being here for them, as always, providing access to justice during some of the most troubling times of their lives,” he said. “The other is to make time for our staff to pause and recognize and better understand and reflect on the history of Canadian Indigenous peoples. We all must learn the history and their journey and the struggles and adversity their communities have and still experience. This mindfulness helps all of us better serve our all of clients, Indigenous or not, and to continue being a strong voice in the justice system.”
If you need support with respect to residential schools in Canada, contact the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women report
Truth and Reconciliation Resource Package
Native Counselling Services of Alberta
LAA Webinar: Indigenous people and the law: A guide to restorative justice and Indigenous courts
Global Morning News Edmonton
Ask A Lawyer: Indigenous Courts and restorative justice
Indigenous Canada: This free, 12-lesson course explores Indigenous history and contemporary issues facing Indigenous people.
48 books by Indigenous writers to read to understand residential schools – CBC News
Video and films:
(Re)claiming Indian Status – BearPaw Media and Education
BearPaw Media and Education
Indian Horse – Netflix
Residential Schools – National Film Board
Seven Indigenous-themed podcasts to enlighten you