Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee  

The call to action

In October 2015, the Benchers recognized the importance of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and urged all lawyers in British Columbia to read the executive summary of the Commission's report.

The Benchers agreed that addressing the findings and recommendations of the report is one of the most critical obligations facing the country and the legal system today. The Law Society continues to work on developing a long-term action plan in collaboration with Indigenous peoples on how best to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action.

The topic for the Benchers’ annual retreat in early June was "Engaging Discussion on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action." Indigenous presenters shared their insights at the retreat.

In July 2016, the Benchers unanimously endorsed the creation of a permanent Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee.

The Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee provides guidance and advice to the Law Society on legal issues affecting Indigenous people in the province, including those highlighted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report and recommendations. The committee monitors and reports to the Benchers on those developments, advises the Benchers on priority planning and develops recommendations and initiatives.

Committee members


Grand Chief Ed John 
Herman Van Ommen, QC


Dean Lawton, QC
Lee Ongman
Daniel Smith


John Borrows
Judge Len Marchand
Michael McDonald
Ardith Walkem 

Staff Contact

Andrea Hilland


Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report
"A conversation on reconciliation with the Honourable Judge Len Marchand Jr." – feature, Benchers' Bulletin, Fall 2016 
"Nothing about us without us", summary of the Bencher retreat in June 2016 – Benchers' Bulletin: Summer 2016
"Embracing the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation"Benchers’ Bulletin: Spring 2016
News release: Benchers prioritize Truth and Reconciliation call to action – November 4, 2015