The University of Victoria
This year, in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the University of Victoria launched the world’s first degree combining Indigenous and non-Indigenous law. Accordingly, the PBSC chapter expanded their community involvement in Canadian Indigenous law through a partnership with RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) Trust. While seeking environmental and social justice, RAVEN Trust targets inequity in our current legal, specifically with regard to environmental
challenges experienced by Indigenous communities. In partnership with PBSC, we have placed 3 students at Raven Trust, with our project focusing on legal public education. After translating relevant case law into accessible language, this information will be made public on an interactive map. This is a valuable effort of outreach to help increase access to justice. Learn more about Raven Trust here.
Osgoode Hall Law School
“It was important for our chapter to establish projects that build relationships with Indigenous communities this year.”— Alexis Eun Young Choi, Program Coordinator, Osgoode
The new public legal education project—Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission—works with students from Osgoode Hall Law School towards a Territory where everyone is equal. Students address the access to justice crisis in Northern Canada, while supporting Aboriginal services in self-governing Indigenous communities. In researching human rights jurisdictions and creating accessible plain language materials, students work to clarify jurisdictional boundaries between the NWT and Canadian Human Rights Commissions for Commission members and the underserved public that are often unclear. Learn more about the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission here.
Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal
Self-representation can be very intimidating, in particular when a person is not familiar with how the judicial system works. The Court Accompaniment Service, headed by Professor Emmanuelle Bernheim and developed from a research of the Mile End Legal Clinic in March 2018, offers moral and organizational support to self-represented litigants. Whether it is to accompany a client who need to pay their court fees, to help them get some forms or just to be by their side before their hearing, the Court Accompaniment Service helps reduce tension and make it possible for the self-represented litigant to focus on what is essential.