Access to Justice Program

The Access to Justice Program was launched in February 2016.  

Overarching vision:

The Access to Justice Program was adopted by the Law Society membership during its 2014 AGM. This Program is committed to building connections and using a collaborative approach to better respond to the legal needs and interests of all Nunavummiut.

Access to Legal Knowledge Initiative-  Providing Information with Support.

Connecting people to relevant resources and information will help them identify their problem, increase their understanding of their rights and obtain the necessary legal help. Not only will the Initiative produce high-quality, multi-lingual information materials, but it will also make that information available through multiple delivery sources (phone line, online, in person, using different community resources or leaders etc.).

The Initiative was officially launched in February 2015, in partnership with Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services. This launch was also in celebration of Maliiganik’s 40th anniversary.  You can read the event summary

Press Release Inuktitut and English.

Law Society Co-Representatives

  • Victoria Perrie, Rankin Inlet
  • Gloria Song, Ottawa 
Main Projects 

Access to Justice for Family Violence in Nunavut: A Research Project & Awareness Campaign funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario and Justice Canada.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Harassment in the Workplace funded by Justice Canada.

  • Learn more.
  • Lawyer training to deliver community-based workshops and pro bono summary legal advice
    • October 23 and 24, 2020 recordings and materials are available here. 

Legal Capability – Building Law as a Life Skill

Connecting members of the justice system, including lawyers, judges and court staff, with students through school-based activities will be an opportunity to introduce legal concepts, change attitudes towards the justice system, and build trust and interest in legal sector careers.

Pro Bono including approved access to justice projects

Since December 4, 2014,  all non-insured members under the Law Society’s group insurance contract are covered for the purposes of work performed pro bono under the Access to Justice Program adopted at the 2014-2015 Annual General Meeting.

  • Read the adopted Rules amendment
  • Read the original resolution
  • Approved under the Access to Justice Programs:  
    • Access to Justice for Family Violence in Nunavut: A Research Project & Awareness Campaign 
    • Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Harassment in the Workplace
    • November 26, 2020 - New approved activity to support not-for-profit corporations and societies; Learn more and get involved! 
      • Memo and resolution: InuktitutEnglish
      • PD training materials delivered on December 3, 2020 are available here.

Acknowledgment 

Many thanks to all of the organizations (non-governmental and governmental), law society members and their employers and staff who support our access to justice efforts. It is because of their dedication and willingness to share information and expertise that we are able to take this next important step. A special recognition to the many law students who during these past years have made significant contributions to keep this program  moving forward.