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Renewed legal aid strategy boosts services for Aboriginal clients

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014


Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is funding another five years of its Aboriginal Justice Strategy, which enhances legal aid services aimed at addressing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the justice system.

"The Aboriginal Justice Strategy allows LAO to further target our services where they are needed the most.

—John McCamus, LAO Chair

The Aboriginal Justice Strategy allows LAO to further target our services where they are needed the most, says John McCamus, LAOs Chair. A part of this strategy includes meeting with Aboriginal stakeholders across the province to discuss potential opportunities for expanding culturally-appropriate, localized legal aid services.

Through its renewed strategy, LAO will implement services to Aboriginal clients, including:

  • access to duty counsel for legal services in Gladue courts in Toronto, London, Sarnia and, most recently, Brantford
  • funding to Community Legal Assistance Sarnia for their award-winning Baamsedaa (Lets Walk Together) program, which acknowledges the reality of mistrust and apprehension, and provides outreach and support so that those seeking justice can access it
  • providing legal aid services located in First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations in southwestern Ontario and expanding across Ontario over the next five years
  • new website providing Aboriginal-related news and resources for lawyers and clients

LAO plans to continue service enhancements to Aboriginal clients in the coming months and welcomes feedback from stakeholders on proposed improvements.

LAOs Aboriginal Justice Strategy is part of a larger strategy to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals.


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