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Manitoba lawyers will be required to take Indigenous culture course – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 2023122 Views

May 26, 2023

Requirement aims to fill gaps in knowledge, advance reconciliation, law society says

Manitoba lawyers will soon have to take mandatory training about Indigenous rights and history as part of a new requirement from the Law Society of Manitoba.

The one-time, mandatory training is a new requirement from the Law Society of Manitoba, which regulates the legal profession in the province, to ensure all lawyers in Manitoba have a common knowledge base on Indigenous issues, said Alissa Schacter, equity officer and policy counsel for the Law Society of Manitoba.

The law society believes having this education is a matter of competence, she said.

“Lawyers need to have this understanding of the place that we live, its history and the people who lived here prior to European contact in order to be able to assist their clients and represent them effectively,” she said.

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