National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Government of Canada describes that “The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The following resources may help your staff and clients learning and engagement.

Legislative and Legal Resources related to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Further Resources

Know a resource that should be added? Send it to us at ellaexec@gmail.com

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Job Posting – Research Specialist at Dentons

Dentons is looking for a Research Specialist. Reporting to the Director, Information and Research Services, the Research Specialist plays an important role as part of a national team of professionals who provide research and information services to lawyers, students, and staff at Dentons.  The Information and Research Services team is part of the firm’s Practice Support and Optimization (PSO) department.

This position can be located in Edmonton or Calgary.

This role is a full-time, permanent, agile work position, which will include a combination of working in the office and working from home.   

Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth and value-added legal, business and media/news research, demonstrating knowledge and skill by identifying, analyzing and synthesizing relevant information to support client work.
  • Identify, evaluate, analyze and summarize key information from relevant online and print sources, to provide custom, high-quality research deliverables to lawyers and business services staff. 
  • Actively participate in the planning and delivery of training in research methodology and resources for students and lawyers.
  • Participate in knowledge management (KM) and practice support projects across the firm.
  • Develop and build strong relationships within the firm as well as with key vendors and/ or publishers.
  • Assist with the selection and evaluation of legal, tax, and business research tools and resources, including online platforms, databases, and apps.
  • Ensure the organization and maintenance any physical library space in the office.  
  • Actively participate in professional development associations, learning and development opportunities and other firm events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Please see the full posting here.

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Violet King, Pillar of the BIPOC Community

February is Black History month.  It is important to remember Black history and the contributions of individuals from the BIPOC community.  History isn’t complete without the contributions of the men and women who shaped the future of society not only for the BIPOC community but for every community.  When we think of Black history we often think of Rosa Parks, Viola Davis, and Martin Luther King Jr.  They blazed a trail for those coming after them.  An inspiration not only for the BIPOC community but for everyone to look to and learn the importance of standing up for what is right.  

As pillars of the BIPOC community they are remembered, commemorated and have their stories told year after year, as they should be.  One pillar that is often not mentioned is Violet Pauline Henry King.  The daughter of Jamaican immigrants growing up in predominantly white Calgary during the 1930s and 40s she saw firsthand the challenges of Black Canadians.  From a young age she had a community focus and a keen interest in the law.  When she attended the University of Alberta in 1948 she was the only Black female student.  In recognition of her many contributions to the university during her studies she was recognized with the Executive “A” gold ring.  After graduating in 1952 she went on to being called to the bar in 1953.  Throughout her career she gave speeches on racism, promoting gender equality and race equity.

As a leader in her community she was the treasurer for the Calgary Brotherhood Council, which was a labour union for the Sleeping Car Porters.  She worked hard to further the rights of Black workers.  She wasn’t only Alberta’s first female black lawyer but also Canada’s first black female lawyer.  Ms. King was also the first female of any racial background to hold an executive position with the YMCA in the U.S.A.

A remarkable woman recognized for her accomplishments by many organizations, the National YMCA Hall of Fame, International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, the University of Alberta.  When we remember Rosa Parks, Viola Davis and Martin Luther King Jr we need to remember Violet King.  She prepared the way for many black women and black individuals to pursue a future in law, providing inspiration for those who came behind and encouraging positive change for society. 

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ELLA 2021 AGM (Take 2): October 21, 2021

Due to a lack of quorum at our previously scheduled 2021 AGM, and based on the results of a poll that went out to membership, our new AGM date is now October 21st at noon.

Please watch for an email with a link to the AGM via zoom. Please send questions to ellaexec @ gmail.com

Please also note that we are recruiting for 3 executive positions.

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Nominations are now open for ELLA Exec

ELLA is recruiting for the following 3 positions:

Chair-Elect: The Chair-Elect shall be elected annually. They shall, in the temporary absence or disability of the Chair, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Chair, and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive. 

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be elected bi-annually. They shall shall have custody of Association monies, shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association, and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effect in the name and to the credit of the Association and in such depositories as may be designated by the Executive from time to time. They shall disburse funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Executive, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements and shall render to the members of the Association at regular meetings or whenever required by the Executive, an account of the financial position of the Association. They shall submit audited financial records to the Corporate Registry annually and have charge of the official archives of the Association, to be made available as necessary throughout their term. They shall also sit on the HeadStart Planning Committee to serve as liaison between the Committee and the Association. The Treasurer will perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive. Upon expiry of their term of office, the Treasurer shall give the Association all books, papers, vouchers, money and other property of whatever kind in their possession or under their control belonging to the Association. NOTE: Our current Treasurer is willing to mentor the new one for a period of time, as required.

Webmaster: The Webmaster shall be elected bi-annually. They shall be responsible for the maintenance and updating of the Association’s website. The Executive will retain responsibility for the content of the website, while the Webmaster will perform duties such as registration of the Association with the host site, update of the information contained on the site, and reporting to the membership regarding changes, additions or deletions to the website.

For more position information please see our Bylaws.

We are accepting nominations until Tuesday, October 12. To nominate yourself, prepare a short bio and a brief statement why you are in the position and send it to ellaexec @ gmail.com. Elections or acclamations will take place during the AGM on October 21. 

Thank you for your continued interest and support!  Please strongly consider volunteering, whether or not you’ve served on the ELLA executive before!  Or encourage others to do so.  You don’t even have to live in Edmonton for any of the positions, other than that of Treasurer.

Let’s keep the 44-year ELLA tradition going!

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