August 27, 2021

The Law Society will close its offices on Thursday, September 30 in recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

Earlier this year, the federal government announced September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday to recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. In early August, the BC provincial government advised that public sector employers should formally recognize September 30 this year, in alignment with the federal government. The provincial court has announced that all registries throughout BC will be closed on this day.

“Residential schools inflicted harm and continue to be a source of trauma for Indigenous peoples,” said Law Society President Dean Lawton, QC. “On behalf of the governing board of benchers and staff of the Law Society, I encourage all of us to reflect upon and honour those who were lost, those who were survivors of residential schools, as well as the families and communities who continue to grieve. I ask that each of us consider what we can do to advance reconciliation in our province, and that we continuously work to do so.”