Rosalie Wilson

Rosalie Wilson

Local lawyer to lead program

A North Okanagan woman will play a leadership role in encouraging the legal profession among aboriginal people.

A North Okanagan woman will play a leadership role in encouraging the legal profession among aboriginal people.

Lawyer Rosalie Wilson, who is a member of the Okanagan and Shuswap nations, has been hired by the Law Society of B.C. to develop a mentoring program to support aboriginal lawyers.

“I believe it’s in the public interest to have strong aboriginal representation among lawyers,” she said.

“Increasingly what was once thought of as aboriginal issues are becoming issues the whole community cares about. An example of this is the missing women’s inquiry.”

Wilson will consult with aboriginal lawyers to develop mentoring options, models and best practices.

Currently, aboriginal lawyers are significantly underrepresented in the legal profession and the  Law Society says this has important implications regarding access to culturally appropriate legal services.

In addition, the society believes the public is best served by a more representative and inclusive profession.

“We are very concerned about the current situation and that’s why we are taking immediate action with this program,” said Law Society president Gavin Hume.