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Indigenous course to be mandatory for Yukon lawyers – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 202364 Views

Mar 01, 2023

‘Cultural competency training is part of being a competent lawyer in the Yukon,’ says law society president

Lawyers practicing in Yukon will soon be required to learn about Indigenous history, culture and laws.

The Law Society of Yukon, the regulatory body for the territory’s lawyers, says it will develop Indigenous cultural competency training which will be mandatory for all of the society’s members.

“Cultural competency training is part of being a competent lawyer in the Yukon,” said Meagan Lang, president of the society.

“And as a law society, one of our roles is to ensure that everyone who practices in the Yukon is competent, and that includes creating rules about what standards of competency are required.”

The initiative was recommended by the society’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) advisory committee, in response to one of the calls to action included in the TRC’s final report.

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