Indigenous Legal Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This September 30th is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, held alongside Orange Shirt Day which “call[s] upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it.” (quote from The Story of Orange Shirt Day page on their website). 

To support any events or displays you may be providing in your libraries, here is a selected list of legal information materials to have on hand or put in your displays for this very important day.  

Print Resources 

The titles below are all from the Law Books for Libraries list and available for purchase with the LawMatters grant. Some are new to the list this year; you can also purchase multiple copies for your libraries using the grant. If you are still working on spending your 2021 grant and have questions, please feel free to get in touch!  

Check out our Grants page for more info and access to the full Law Books for Libraries list.  

  • Otter's Journey through Indigenous Language and Law by Lindsay Keegitah Borrows: This book employs the Anishinaabe tradition of storytelling to explore how Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization.

These titles can also be found in CLBC branches around the province; check our catalogue for the location nearest to you.

Legal Aid Publications 

These free publications are written in plain language and most are available as print booklets, meaning they are a great option for those who prefer print over online resources. Print copies can be ordered for free for your library through Crown Publications. A link for ordering print copies is also available on the individual title’s page.  

You can also find print copies at your local CLBC branches and at your local Legal Aid office. Selection may vary.  

You can see a full list of Legal Aid publications focused on Indigenous legal issues online. We’ve highlighted a few titles here that you might find helpful:  

  • Gladue and You & Gladue Report Guide both provide information on Gladue principles (a way for judges to consider the unique circumstances and experiences of Indigenous peoples) and preparing Gladue reports.  

Online Resources 

The following websites are good places to check for reliable and trusted legal information online with an Indigenous specific focus.  

  • Aboriginal Legal Aid includes legal information on a variety of topics including First Nations Court, living on reserve, and family law.

  • CLBC has put together an Indigenous Legal Resources guide which gathers together helpful resources for a variety of audiences, including public library staff. 

Other Resources 

  • The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC addresses the colonial legacy of residential schools and other policies imposed on Indigenous peoples, with the goal of supporting access to residential school records for survivors and their families. 

We hope you find this list helpful and that you have a meaningful National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day. CLBC will be closed on Sept 30 in recognition of this important day but we're otherwise open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM through our email and phone reference services. Check our website for the operating hours of specific branches. 

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