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24 June 2021
There cannot be an apology withoutaction. Words are not enough.
For approximately 150 years, over 150,000Indigenous children were sent to 139 residential schools across the country.They were removed from their families and their communities so they would be “assimilated.” The consequencesof this decision continueto negatively impact our Indigenous brothers and sisters to date.
Last month, May 2021, the Tk'emlúps teSecwépemc First Nation announced the discovery of unmarked burials sites of 215children's remains near former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C.
This month, June 2021, Cowessess FirstNation has announced the discovery of 751 unmarked graves near former MarievalIndian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
Let these tragic discoveriesserve as impetus to do better as a country. WE MUST DO BETTER.
Where do we start? It starts individuallywith each of us. We must:
Lets learn about our real history as acountry. Research and study about our Indigenous Peoples. It is our duty tolearn so we can better understand our Indigenous communities. We must activelywork towards ensuring this tragedy never happens again.
We can pay our respect to our Indigenousbrothers and sisters by celebrating them, especially during Canada Day. We muststand by them. Our beloved flag must be flownat half-mast.
We can support our Indigenous communitiesby providing them the tools and resources they need at work, at school. Theymust have equality of opportunity.
Our actions today will define what kindof Canada we will be tomorrow.
Canadian Hispanic BarAssociation.
Mario Torres - President
Fabian Suárez-Amaya - Secretary
Alanis Ortiz Espinoza - Treasurer
Priscila Jales P. Atkinson - Communications Director
Nadia Halum Arauz - Events Director
Wanessa Oliveira - Membership Director
Natalia Rodriguez - Policy & Programs Director
Victoria Romero - Mentorship & Students Director
We will be working diligently in our different capacities to continue making CHBA’s presence stronger. If you would like to participate in any of our projects, please reach out!
I am thrilled to lead the CHBA for the upcoming year. I first became a member as a second-year law student and to now work towards growing and strengthening our organization as its President is an honour.
The Board is committed to continuing to serve members and the communities we are a part of.
We look forward to a great year ahead and welcome any input or feedback you have.
Western University students are seeking BIPOC lawyers to serve as mentors for their mentorship program. If you want to become a mentor sign up the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1svQIDiRGiyEkkx2MY1Fc4pl9rOel7vrYm_0EuKtklYY/edit
The purpose of the program is to connect BIPOC law students with lawyers who have had similar lived experience. Almost every aspect of law school – from academics, to recruitment, to networking and connecting with peers – is very different for racialized students. By connecting BIPOC students with BIPOC lawyers, we hope to be able to increase the representation of racialized people in the legal profession.
The students ran a pilot program last year with a firm in Toronto, and it was very successful. They had over 80 students participate in the program. Any lawyer from any firm can participate, we don’t have any maximum or minimum quotas for firms. Lawyers are also encouraged to only dedicate as much time as they feel comfortable dedicating to their mentee. This program is not supposed to be a source of added stress and the time commitment will undoubtedly vary between mentor/mentee pairs.
The program is planned to start shortly before the start of the academic year (i.e. end of August) or right as the academic year is starting (i.e. start of September).
Please fill out the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1svQIDiRGiyEkkx2MY1Fc4pl9rOel7vrYm_0EuKtklYY/edit by August 20.