Christina Gray is being called to the bar, and she is from the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, a Tsimshian village in Northern British Columbia. She says “When I wear my blanket, I feel the strength of my community and ancestors with me, even though they may not be there physically.” - Globe and Mail
She is going to be wearing her regalia - a beautiful red button blanket.
“This is an example of how we have tried to build bridges to aboriginal law and students,” said Janet Minor, the Law Society’s treasurer. Another student being called to the bar on Tuesday will be wearing a Métis sash, she added.
Ms. Hill, at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, said the decision to recognize native legal protocols during the call to the bar sends a signal to the entire profession.
“We see black robes as neutral and, of course, they are not; they’re colonial, they come from Britain. This is saying you can have both that tradition and aboriginal tradition.” - The Globe and Mail
Finally a respite from the trauma of residential schools and cultural genocide and missing and murdered aboriginal woman.