“For years, ALS has amass expertise in criminal law and how the law impacts our people, families and communities. Expanding ALS’ services into criminal and child protection will enable us to use our own complementary services to convert and support Indigenous people in Toronto. When needed, it will allow us to represent them from a place of Indigenous knowledge and perspective,” services-sign-new-service-agreement/”>ALS legal advocacy director, Christa Big Canoe, said.
LAO said the new service agreement had renewed LAO and ALS’ commitment to delivering legal aid services that are trauma-informed, culturally safe, and culturally relevant to the Indigenous community.
David Field, LAO president and CEO, and Rod Strain, vice president of clinic law services, commented, “LAO is looking forward to the positive impact of this new service agreement, which represents both a stronger partnership between ALS and LAO and a deeper investment in improved justice outcomes for vulnerable Indigenous people.
“This agreement embodies our values of inclusion, accountability, and access to justice, and these values will continue to inform our open dialogue with ALS.”
LAO also provides funding to 72 independent legal clinics and seven student legal services organizations throughout the province.
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