Falconers LLP Participates in KAIROS Blanket Exercise
On Friday September 29, 2023, lawyers and staff at Falconers LLP Toronto Office participated in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise ahead of the 3rd annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. All members who participated in the exercise found it to be a very educational experience, causing them to think profoundly on the challenges that Indigenous peoples in Canada have endured. The exercise was facilitated by Lauren Winkler (All My Relations) with assistance from Sofia Gabbani.
Other Falconers LLP members were present in Thunder Bay to attend the funeral and memorial for the late Elder Helen Cromarty. Elder Cromarty of Sachigo Lake First Nation had a 45-year career in nursing and remained extensively involved in health transformation work in the North. Elder Cromarty worked closely with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) in both healthcare and policing.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) is intended to honour all those who have and continue to be affected by the horrors of residential schools, including the loss of children, the loss of culture and identity, and the impacts on survivors, as well as their families and communities. While reflecting on the hardships and challenges of Indigenous peoples, it is also and perhaps more important to recognize the resilience of Indigenous peoples in history and today.
Falconers LLP remains honoured to work with a variety of Indigenous clients, both individuals and organizations, as they continue to advocate for their interests and their recognition in modern day society.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
- Read the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice
- Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website
- Learn about residential schools and take a tour of former sites, such as those offered by the Woodland Cultural Centre (located in Brantford, Ontario)
- Research First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in your area to understand their history and contributions to society – The Indigenous History of Tkaronto