Legal Aid Ontario to strengthen services for Indigenous clients
Published: May 10, 2023
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is strengthening its services, programs and supports for Indigenous clients by bringing Indigenous client services together into one department: the Indigenous Services Department (ISD). The ISD will be led by an associate vice president of Indigenous Services.
Reporting to the vice president of Strategy and Public Affairs, the associate vice president will lead the centralization and delivery of legal aid services to Indigenous clients, advancing LAO’s commitment to reconciliation, delivering high quality, culturally safe and relevant services, and to improving justice outcomes for Indigenous clients as outlined in LAO’s progress update to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
This consolidation of Indigenous client services also responds to the input received during LAO’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy consultations and feedback received from Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations at the University of Windsor.
Recruitment for an associate vice president of Indigenous Services will be led by Leaders International, an executive recruitment firm with a dedicated Indigenous Practice.