492 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 79 PART 4 JULY 2021
munity, decisive action to eliminate racial bias and discrimination in
policing in order to maintain public trust in those institutions.
This letter is sent with the support of the Canadian Association of Black
Lawyers, Criminal Defence Advocacy Society, South Asian Bar Association
of BC, and Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
As we go to press, we have learned that Justice Romilly and Provincial
Court Judge David St. Pierre, together with criminal defence lawyer
Matthew Nathanson, have established one of Canada’s largest funds to support
15 Black students with their tuition and fees in attending the Allard
School of Law over the next five years. The fund they have financed currently
totals $225,000. This is what lawyers and legal professionals do (or
ought to do). They advance the common law in a multitude of ways. It may
be painstakingly slow, but as lawyers we are all called upon to do what we
can to preserve and protect the rights of all persons. Look for the rays of
hope. They are out there.
1. Aboriginal rights in this context are distinct from
Indigenous laws, which would include legal orders
and dispute resolution mechanisms within and
between First Nations communities.