Utilizing the CBABC Reconciliation Response Plan in your Firm 

Oct. 8, 2020
ZOOM Webinar Online

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John P. Brown, Legal and Strategic Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives, McCarthy Tetrault
Karey Brooks, Principal, JFK Law

Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Members: Complimentary
Non-Members $115.00 (+GST)

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CPD Hours: 1.5 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.


CBABC is guiding law firms in response to the Calls to Action through adoption of a Reconciliation Response Plan (RRP). The RRP assists by aligning with a firm's business plan in an effort to maximize awareness and understanding of Indigenous concerns among corporate team members.

Firms use the plan to work toward reconciliation and equality for Aboriginal people across the legal system in general, and specifically in the workplace, within client relationships and as part of community activities. To customize a RRP, a firm identifies its own values while determining the necessary components of its plan like action items and targets that best achieve goals or intended outcomes.

In this webinar, John P. Brown and Karey Brooks discuss:

  1. What is an RRP?
  2. Why an RRP?
  3. The Components of an RRP
  4. The Development and Implementation of an RRP
  5. How to customize and build an RRP for your Firm


About John P. Brown

John P. Brown is Legal and Strategic Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives and Chair of the McCarthy Tétrault Reconciliation subcommittee. John is a mentor in the McCarthy Tétrault & Martin Family Initiative Mentorship Program for Indigenous Students which is committed to improving education and outcomes for Indigenous youth by linking the firm’s lawyers as mentors with Indigenous students in Grades 8 through 12. In partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commissions, McCarthy Tétrault contributed to the development of a new Indigenous Human Rights Clinic. John is a member of the Advisory Council for the Clinic and in addition will be assisting and mentoring the firm’s lawyers who will be providing culturally sensitive legal services to Indigenous clients, and representing them at mediations and before tribunals.

John is a member of the Giiwedin Anang Council of Aboriginal Legal Services. The Council is comprised of Indigenous community members and provides an Alternative Dispute Resolution program for mediating child welfare, custody and access disputes involving Indigenous families using traditional methods. A key objective of the Council is to ensure that the children’s relationships with their Indigenous culture, traditions and history is respected, protected and maintained.

Prior to taking on the new role of Legal and Strategic Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives in January 2020, John was a senior partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto and a member of the National Class Action Group. As senior counsel, he has extensive experience representing major corporations and institutions, both international and domestic, in class actions. His practice included general commercial litigation and arbitration.

About Karey Brooks

Karey’s practice focuses primarily on Aboriginal and constitutional litigation. Karey practices civil litigation with a focus on Aboriginal, constitutional and administrative law. She has appeared in all levels of court, including in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Karey primarily acts for First Nations and First Nations organizations in court and negotiations with government and industry on matters relating to Aboriginal rights and title, consultation, regulatory matters, including environmental assessments, and general governance matters, including status and membership issues. Karey also has experience in other public law related work, including with respect to Charter rights litigation and public inquiries.

Karey has a special concern for ending violence against women. She acted as Associate Commission Counsel for the BC Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry. She is counsel for Mandy Lewis with respect to her class proceeding against Westjet for its ongoing breach of its employment contracts with female flight attendants to create and maintain a workplace free from harassment.  She is also a board member of Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), and organization that provides support services to women survivors of sexualized violence.

In 2019, Karey was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Aboriginal Law. In 2016, Karey was awarded the UBC Law School Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and in 2015, Karey Brooks was recognized as one of Canada’s Legal Rising Stars by Lexpert. Karey has been Lexpert® ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Aboriginal Law since 2016.


Acknowledging First Nations Territories
This webinar is hosted by CBABC, which is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.

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