Why Indigenous Cultural Competency is Important

CDL Diversity & Inclusion Presents:

Why Indigenous Cultural Competency is Important
Steps being taken by Different Jurisdictions and Organizations

Date: November 3, 2021    Time:  12:30 -2:30 pm EDT
Where: Live Online
Cost: CDL Members Free  Non-Members $28.25
Accreditation:  Approx 2 hours EDI CPD (to be confirmed post-event)


The Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, identify cultural competency an essential component of reconciliation.  Attending a workshop and putting a checkmark on a To Do list is not enough.  Cultural competency is not a destination, it is a journey.

On November 3, 2021 the Canadian Defence Lawyers will hear from representatives of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Law Society of British Columbia, and SGI Canada about the efforts being made by their organizations to address the need for indigenous cultural competency, and take steps toward reconciliation.

A Panel discussion, chaired by Amelia Leckey, Regional Senior Counsel, SGI Canada, Toronto

  • Tuma T. W. Young QC is a member of Eskasoni and Malagawatch First Nation and is the first Indigenous President of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society.
  • Nicole Bresser is a Metis woman.  She works with the Indigenous Legal Relations Group, B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General and is Co-Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • Dawn Anaquod is Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion for SGI Canada in Regina.  SGI Canada is a signatory to the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Indigenous Engagement Charter