Author: Melanie Gaston

Statement of Support

To the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Cowessess First Nations and to all those who grieve and those who have survived but are forever marked by the residential school scheme, we join you in grief for the hundreds of children found and those not yet returned home. May we honour them with a renewed commitment to reconciliation, truth, empathy, compassion, action and change. In recognition of this commitment, the AWL has made a donation to the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society whose mission is to protect vulnerable women and children, guided by Native traditional teachings, and to support its vision of nurturing families to live in peace.

AWL Recognizes and Celebrates Black History Month!

Did you know….

  • Virnetta Anderson was a community activist and politician and YYC’s first Black municipal councilor when elected in 1974
  • The Black Law Students Association Calgary Chapter (BLSA Calgary) was established in 2017, and among its active projects, runs a mentorship program to connect its members with Black lawyers in Calgary and has hosted “see yourself here” events for Black undergraduate students interested in going to law school
  • In 2020, BLSA Calgary led the calls to action resulting in the University of Calgary Faculty of Law implementing the Black Student Applicant Process (BSAP)
  • Coming soon (next month!), Calgary will have its own chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

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