The tragic legacy of the residential school system continues to have a devastating impact on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. There are direct parallels between this legacy of the past and the Indigenous experience within our child welfare system of today – a reality that is both staggering and saddening.

To commemorate Canada's first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, Gowling WLG Indigenous law partners Paul Seaman and Scott A. Smith hosted a powerful discussion with:

  • David Luggi, former Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, former Chief of the Stellat'en First Nation and residential school survivor; and
  • Mary Teegee, Hereditary Chief and accomplished child and family services advocate.

In this on-demand recording, David and Mary help us understand the impacts of the residential school system and the link between residential schools and the child welfare system. They explore how, by working to achieve reconciliation, we can support Indigenous people in overcoming systemic barriers, preserving their culture and traditions, and building a better, brighter future for their children.

CPD Information

LSO:  This program is eligible for up to 1.5 hours of EDI Professionalism content
LSBC: This program is eligible for up to 1.5 hours of Practice Management & Professional Responsibility credit