LABC has announced its new Reconciliation Action Plan, which will guide our work both in advancing reconciliation and ensuring that legal aid services better meet the needs of Indigenous peoples in BC. The plan aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and guiding principles, the articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the recommendations in a report on Indigenous child welfare in BC prepared by Grand Chief Ed John. Containing concrete, measurable actions, the plan reflects LABC’s commitment to reconciliation as an organization and on the part of the individuals who make up our staff.
The Reconciliation Action Plan sets out three goals:
- Advance reconciliation through education
- Advance reconciliation by fostering equity for Indigenous peoples
Advance reconciliation by empowering Indigenous peoples
Some of the ways LABC will advance these goals include increasing resources to support Indigenous justice initiatives in BC, cultural competency training for staff, and by including Indigenous people, culture and knowledge in the development of LABC strategic priorities, policies, processes, and services.
For more, read the plan here.