We are delighted to announce the addition of two new chapters to our cross-Canada team: PBSC Lakehead and PBSC Thompson Rivers (TRU)! Colleagues at PBSC Lakehead and PBSC TRU will work over the summer to build their chapters in order to have PBSC student volunteers placed on projects and providing legal services in their communities by October of this year.
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law opened in September 2013 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The law school program is unique amongst Canadian law schools – students enrolled at Lakehead complete their articling requirements during their time at the Faculty. The faculty, students, and programs have become leaders in Indigenous legal education, taking the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report to head and heart. Indeed they are one of two law schools in Canada currently requiring students to complete a full-year course in Aboriginal Law.
PBSC Lakehead projects will focus on issues facing Indigenous communities and students will get first-hand experience working within and learning more about their community.
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is located in beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia, 350 km northeast of Vancouver. TRU is one of Canada’s newest law schools, housed in a modern, award-winning building that opened in 2014. It currently has over 300 students enrolled. The Faculty enjoys close connections with the local bar, bench and the wider community.
Students at TRU are planning for a diverse range of projects in collaboration with local organizations serving various groups including seniors, former prisoners and Indigenous Peoples, amongst others.
Program Officer Tali H. Golombek will be travelling to Kamloops in early March to hold meetings with stakeholders and assist in the selection of TRU’s first Program Coordinators. Tali has already participated remotely in a student information session arranged by TRU Assistant Dean Alexis Kazanowski, who will be serving as On-site Supervisor. PBSC is grateful to the Law Foundation of British Columbia for providing its support and funding for the new chapter at TRU.
We cannot wait to see the impact PBSC Lakehead and PBSC TRU student volunteers will have in bridging the access to justice gaps in Thunder Bay and Kamloops. Welcome to the PBSC team!