Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland and Labrador Undertaking Reconciliation Initiatives

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newfoundland and Labrador Undertaking Reconciliation Initiatives

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N.L. undertaking reconciliation initiatives

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a partnership to send Indigenous students to the University of Saskatchewan's law school, as the easternmost province undertakes reconciliation initiatives.

Justice Minister Andrew Parsons announced the law-school initiative in Corner Brook, at the province's second annual Indigenous leaders roundtable Friday.

As of the fall of 2019, the Saskatchewan law school will reserve two spots for Indigenous students from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The eastern province then guarantees them paid articling positions in the Department of Justice and Public Safety upon graduation.

Indigenous governments will play a leading role in recruiting and submitting students for the program, and are being asked to "identify funding opportunities for educational expenses," according to a press release.

The University of Saskatchewan's law dean, Martin Phillipson, said the program is a response to two specific calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, asking law schools to teach cultural sensitivity and the history of Indigenous people and Canadian law.

"We are one of the schools that's taking our obligation very, very seriously," said Phillipson.

The guaranteed jobs are a key piece in building Indigenous students an effective pipeline to leadership positions in the justice system, he said. …

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