Raising The Bar In Legal Education

DIV 107 The long journey to redress: What is our responsibility as members of the legal profession?

  • 18 Apr 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Justice Education Society Room 260 800 Hornby St Vancouver BC V6Z 2C5
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Diversity Dialogues:


The long journey to redress: What is our responsibility as members of the legal profession?  (DIV 107)


Facilitated by UBC Ombudsperson Ms Shirley Nakata LLB

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendation #27 calls upon law societies to ensure that lawyers have education and training in intercultural competency, that includes the history and legacy of residential schools, and in skills related to human rights and anti-racism.  In aspiring to meet recommendation #27, we can learn lessons from other examples of historic racism and exclusion, including the treatment of Japanese Canadians in World War II.
In 2012, the University of British Columbia acknowledged 76 Japanese Canadians who were expelled from UBC in 1942 and were precluded from completing their studies.  Mary and Tosh Kitagawa, community activists, worked for almost four years until UBC’s Senate unanimously voted to grant honorary degrees to those 1942 students and to create academic and library programs to ensure that such an event will never recur in Canada.
Why did it take four years from the date the university was initially petitioned to the date of Senate’s final motion?  What specific steps did UBC take, how effective have they been and what can we learn from those steps?  While the Kitagawa’s attempted to redress a historical injustice, what does their journey tell us about the racism that exists today?
Did the legal profession have any responsibility or duty to support the UBC initiative?  What are the gaps in understanding and awareness amongst the legal profession of the 1942 expulsion, as well as other racist events in BC history?  What is the responsibility of the Law Society in setting professional standards to ensure that every person admitted to the profession has had a foundational education about the experience and history of Indigenous and racialized people in B.C.?
Mary and Tosh Kitagawa will speak about their long journey to seek redress and acknowledgement for the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC students, the barriers they faced, the allies who supported them and their lessons learned about racism in B.C. in the 21st century.  Join us in a conversation to explore our respective responsibilities – both personal and professional – in working towards implementing recommendation #27.

UBC Ombudsperson Ms Shirley Nakata LLB

CPD: 2.0 hours (1.0 hours for PRE & ethics)

Proceeds from this lecture will seed the funding of the expansion of Amici Curiae's Temporary Foreign Worker Uncontested Divorce Project.


5:30 Opening remarks Dom Bautista
5:40 The long journey to redress: What is our responsibility as members of the legal profession?
7:25 Closing remarks Dom Bautista

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