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Indigenous lawyers speak out about bias, racism at work – CBC

by pmnationtalk on December 6, 201780 Views

Video ‘But I was wearing a suit’ shares stories of more than a dozen lawyers

December 05, 2017

Ardith Walkem knows firsthand what it’s like to be seen in a courthouse as something other than what she really is: a lawyer.

Now she’s sharing the stories of more than a dozen Indigenous lawyers — their experiences with racism and bias on the job — through a video project called But I was wearing a suit.

While the stories cover a range of specific circumstances, at the core they mostly involve Indigenous lawyers in situations where they were not recognized as lawyers by others in the courthouse.

Walkem said she hopes the stories will shine a light on how Indigenous lawyers are treated within the profession and more importantly, open up a conversation about how other Indigenous people are being treated in the legal system.

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