She says it means there’s room for First Nations legal systems in Canada.
A B.C. woman will become the first law student in Ontario to wear First Nations regalia when she’s called to
the bar Tuesday afternoon.
“The button blanket represents our Tsimshian laws, and history, and culture, and continuance.”
UBC Law graduate Christina Gray is from the Lax Kwa’alaams First Nation in northwestern B.C.
“I think it’s important as a symbol to rest of Canada that Canada is a legal pluralistic society, and there’s room for First Nations people in Canada’s legal system. When I wear the button blanket, and I’ll also be wearing some barrister attire, it shows that I’m a part of both legal systems.”
Initially, the Upper Canada Law Society wasn’t too keen on the idea.
Gray says she’s glad it changed course, because Aboriginal people were left out of the conversation creating Canada’s laws in the first place.