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Deadline Extended: King’s Counsel Applications and Nominations

Advisory Committee on Queen's Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois, will convene in the fall to consider candidates for the next Queen's Counsel appointments.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: Resources for Members

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will close its office on Friday, September 30 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal holiday to recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to one of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls for a national day to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The Province of Nova Scotia announced last year that it will annually recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day in alignment with the federal government.

The Society encourages all staff, members, and Nova Scotians to reflect, learn and consider what we can do to advance reconciliation in our province and live in peace and friendship.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Resources

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day a day to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.

Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, started Orange Shirt Day. Phyllis is a survivor of the St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia and the colour orange always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared, and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying, and no one cared.”

She shares her memories in a presentation outlining the meaning of Orange Shirt Day.

Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

The TRCWG has collected resources to connect Indigenous members, especially residential school survivors, their families and communities, with existing support resources they can access to support them towards their healing journey.

The TRCWG does not specifically endorse any of these resources and recognizes that they may not provide the support that is needed. It is offered as a round-up of the most comprehensive list of options we are aware of.

Expression of Interest: Halifax District Council

We’re seeking expressions of interest from members to fill a vacancy on Council in the Halifax District. As a Council member, you’ll help lead the Society and lend your voice and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession.

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Gender Equity Committee: Report on Gender Discrimination and Harassment Survey

To learn more about barriers resulting from gender-based discrimination and harassment in the present, the Society’s Gender Equity Committee designed and distributed an online questionnaire to members in 2019. This report summarizes these findings and our next step is to research and consider what recommendations the Committee will make to Council and the Society to address the issues and what …

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Further Amended Notice of Resumption of Hearing: Christopher Ian Robinson

A Hearing Panel of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society heard preliminary motions respecting the charges against Christopher Ian Robinson, a member of the Society, on November 9, 2021.  The Panel’s decision on these motions was issued on November 23, 2021.

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