Young Indigenous children between the ages of 11 and 14 are getting a close up look at Canada’s legal system by participating in mock trials in a justice-education project called “Dare to Dream” coordinated by the non-profit organization Canadian Lawyers Abroad (CLA).
First Nation, Inuit and Métis children take on such roles as defence lawyers, crown attorneys, court artists, jury members and security guards in order to better understand Canadian law and how it works.
The goal is not only to improve their legal knowledge and act as a mentorship program, but also for them to consider a career in the justice system.
RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Brittany Twiss, Executive Director of Canadian Lawyers Abroad about “Dare to Dream” and how it has integrated Indigenous pedagogy into the project..Listen
Canadian Lawyers Abroad (CLA) – Dare to Dream project details – here