Historic vote elects five Indigenous benchers to the Law Society of BC

tkwəɬniwt (Westbank), Syilx Territory – The Law Society of BC (LSBC) announced the results of its annual election of benchers who govern the society and the outcome is historic for Indigenous representation within this vital part of British Columbia’s justice system. For the 137-year history of the Law Society, only two Indigenous lawyers have ever […]

BCFNJC launches new book to support Gladue implementation

tkwəɬniwt (Westbank), Syilx Territory – The BC First Nations Justice Council is pleased to announce the launch of its highly anticipated new book, The Gladue Principles: A Guide to the Jurisprudence, by Benjamin Ralston. A free PDF version of the entire book is available on the BCFNJC website, including free PDF user guides specifically for […]

BCFNJC officially takes over Gladue report services

Beginning April 1, 2021, management of B.C.’s Gladue report program will transition from Legal Aid BC (LABC) to the BC First Nations Justice Council (BCFNJC). Under the Criminal Code of Canada, an Indigenous person has the right for judges to consider their particular circumstances, including the unique systemic or background factors that may have played […]

BCFNJC Chair Doug White Awarded Distinguished Queen’s Counsel Title

The BC First Nations Justice Council (BCFNJC) is proud and delighted to announce that its chair, Doug White (Kwulasultun), has been awarded the honourary title of Queen’s Counsel for the Province of B.C. – a designation that recognizes Canadian lawyers for exceptional merit and contributions to the legal profession. Queen’s Counsel candidates must be nominated […]