Truth & Reconciliation Series Part 2: Working with Clients and Community in Practice (Webinar Repeat) 

Oct. 13, 2022
Webinar Repeat Online

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Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on October 13, 2022.

Kim Hawkins, Executive Director, Rise Women’s Legal Centre
Frances Rosner, Sole Practitioner and Gladue Writer/ Editor/ Instructor
Pamela Shields, Sole Practitioner 

Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 1.50 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.
Viewing of this recording will provide you with 1.50 hours of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

Working towards truth and reconciliation in practice means transforming Indigenous intercultural awareness training into new ways of working with Indigenous clients and communities. It is about improving meeting and engagement practices to recognize when trauma has occurred and to avoid re-traumatizing clients, witnesses, and communities. Our panelists explore some of the challenges with the current practice methods, in practice areas like family and criminal law, to help lawyers explore new approaches to practice and work effectively towards reconciliation.

By the end of this session, you will learn how to:

  1. How to engage and build trust with Indigenous clients and communities to build meaningful working relationships.
  2. Apply a trauma and culturally informed approach to your practice to avoid retraumatizing and revictimizing the Indigenous clients, witnesses, and communities you work with.
  3. Effectively engage with social workers and other legal service providers to create a community of support for Indigenous clients.  




About Kim Hawkins
Kim Hawkins is the first Executive Director at Rise Women’s Legal Centre. Kim came to Rise via Whitehorse, Yukon Territory where she worked for many years as a full-time staff lawyer at a busy legal aid clinic, practising mainly in the areas of family and criminal law. While in Whitehorse she also spent two years as a judicial clerk and served for four years as President of the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society. From 2007 to 2008, Kim worked on strategic constitutional litigation at the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. She holds a J.D. in Law from the University of Victoria, and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. When she isn’t in the office Kim enjoys baking bread, yoga, and obsessively monitoring the tomato plants in her community garden plot.

Kim was born and raised in Victoria BC, in the territory of the WSÁNEC (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), and Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation and is grateful to live, learn, work and play on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard) and Squamish nations.


About Frances Rosner
Frances Rosner is a Metis lawyer who practices primarily in family and child protection. Prior to being called to the bar in 2016, she worked as a Gladue report writer and educator. She was extensively involved in capacity building for Gladue report writing programs in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.  She is on the Board at West Coast LEAF – an organization committed to ending gender discrimination.  In her work with West Coast LEAF, she is involved with advisory committees focused on improving outcomes for Indigenous families involved in the child welfare system. She runs a family law legal advocacy clinic at Atira Women’s Resource Society assisting women who cannot afford counsel. Frances has written several articles on Indigenous legal issues for Bartalk - Canadian Bar Association, BC.  She has always been highly focused on legal issues involving Indigenous Peoples—this lifelong passion stems from her own personal experience with racism and discrimination having grown up in Winnipeg in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In her professional life, she has had the privilege of working closely with Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada and she has heard their sacred stories. It is through this lens that Frances advocates for reconciliation and the decolonization of our justice system.

About Pamela Shields
Pamela Shields is Kainai. Her nation, also known as the Blood Band the Káínaa (Blackfoot) Confederacy, Stand Off Alberta, includes Siksika and Piikani. She is an Indian Residential School survivor and the last of three generations of women to attend St. Paul’s Indian Residential School on the Blood Reserve. In addition to a law degree from the University of British Columbia, she has a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from Mills College, Oakland California.

She is a sole practitioner with a focus on Indigenous child welfare and implementing the Federal legislation, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.


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