Episode 44: Implementing the TRC Calls to Action in the Courtroom

Indigenous Peoples – Jan 2022

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Episode 44: Implementing the TRC Calls to Action in the Courtroom: Takeaways from the CIAJ 45th Annual Conference
Broadcast Date: January 18, 2022


Megan Vis-Dunbar, a Liaison Lawyer and the Manager of Local Libraries at Courthouse Libraries BC, is interviewing Jennifer Cox, Commission Counsel for the Mass Casualty Commission. Together, they discuss concrete ways in which courts and tribunals can build authentic relationships with Indigenous communities in order to develop a better understanding of their realities, generate mutual trust and deliver better justice.

  • What does it mean to have UNDRIP as a framework for the Calls to Action?
  • Is there a fear around building relationships with Indigenous People?
  • What can we do and where do we start to have a real conversation?
  • What can be done in the courtroom?
  • What steps can we take to ensure Gladue Principles are applied?
  • Etc.

This podcast was recorded at CIAJ’s 45th Annual Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, as a complement to Panel six on “Canada’s Treatment of Indigenous Offenders.”


Jennifer Cox was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia and has been a practising lawyer in both Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan for the past 25 years. She has spent most of her career practising in the areas of family and criminal law as well as working on two public inquiries; the Inquiry into the wrongful conviction of David Milgaard and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Jennifer’s previous public inquiry experience, her criminal law experience and her residence in the Truro area will assist the Commission team in fulfilling its mandate.


Megan Vis-Dunbar is a Liaison Lawyer and the Manager of Local Libraries. She provides training for members of the legal community on the use of our information resources and in particular, our online collections. Megan is also responsible for our 22 Local Library locations. She holds a BCL and LL.B. from McGill University and has over 10 years of experience practicing as a lawyer.

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