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‘Law school didn’t teach me about trauma’: Indigenous lawyer – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 12, 2021

Spotting triggers, adjusting your practice and taking care of your mental health are things lawyers can do to better serve those who have experienced trauma, says an Indigenous lawyer, victims advocate and podcaster.

This advice was recently laid out during a Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society webinar led by Myrna McCallum, a Métis-Cree lawyer in Vancouver and a member of the Green Lake and Waterhen Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan.

A former criminal prosecutor who is now principal at Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services and host of The Trauma Informed Lawyer podcast, McCallum told attendees of growing up with violence, family instability and foster care. She also spoke of surviving Canada’s infamous Indian residential school system, having attended a school in Saskatchewan until running away at age 12, leaving behind a younger brother.

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