National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Office Closures
Published September 29, 2021
On September 30th, 2021 Patterson Law will acknowledge and take action for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by closing all Patterson Law offices within Mi’kma’ki, otherwise known as Nova Scotia.
Aligning with the Federal Government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and our governing body the Barristers Society of Nova Scotia, Patterson Law supports the decision and call to action to “Honor survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
By closing all offices, Patterson Law is giving all members of staff and lawyers the opportunity to reflect on the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools across Turtle Island, otherwise known as Canada.
As an ongoing conversation, Patterson Law has and will be committed to the following actions.
- Patterson Law is committed to encouraging all staff members and lawyers to read the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an effort to advance reconciliation organizationally
- Patterson Law is committed to acknowledging and unlearning our unconscious and conscious bias as a practicing organization within the legal system.
- Patterson Law is committed to elevating voices from the Mi’kmaq community and advocating for policy change when appropriate.
To learn more, consider visiting some of the resources below:
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf
- Additional Reports from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – https://nctr.ca/records/reports/#trc-reports