Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 17, 2008 11:25 ET

Media Advisory-Forum to Focus on Role of the Media in Aboriginal Image and Realities

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - The role of the media and the ways in which information and messages about Aboriginal issues and current events are communicated to the public will be the focus of a public legal education seminar being held at Osgoode Hall on June 20, 2008, in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. A panel of legal professionals, Aboriginal community members and Aboriginal and mainstream media representatives will discuss how the media can effect Aboriginal image and realities.

The event is being hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada in partnership with Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto, Rotiio(greater than)taties Aboriginal Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the City of Toronto National Aboriginal Day Celebration Committee. The forum is part of the Law Society's Equity Public Education Series, which is designed to encourage the exchange of information, ideas and action on issues affecting Aboriginal, Francophone and equality-seeking communities.

Speakers include:

- The Honourable Sidney Linden, Conflict of Interest Commissioner, former Commissioner of Ipperwash Inquiry

- John Miller, Professor of Journalism, Ryerson University

- David Walmsley, National Editor, Globe and Mail

- Harmony Rice, Journalist, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

- Maurice Switzer, Director of Communications, Union of Ontario Indians

- Dr. Allan Bonner, Media Relations Specialist and Author

- Roy Thomas, Director of Communications, Law Society of Upper Canada (moderator)

A reception to celebrate National Aboriginal Day will be held following the panel discussion. During the reception, one of the Aboriginal Elders will perform a renewal ceremony for the two eagle feathers originally presented to the Law Society in 1998. Admission is free.

To RSVP, call 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3413, or 416-947-3413 or send an email to: For more information contact Marisha Roman at 416-947-3989 (1-800-668-7380 ext. 3989) or visit



Date: June 20, 2008

Location: Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall 130 Queen Street West, Toronto (Enter via east doors)

Time: Panel Discussion - 4 to 6 p.m., Donald Lamont Learning Centre Reception - 6 to 8 p.m., Convocation Hall

Media interested in attending are encouraged to confirm their attendance in advance if possible, to help ensure adequate space and audio requirements.

Contact Information

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    Susan Tonkin
    Communications Advisor
    (416) 947-7605