Apr 23, 2020 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM - Personal Reflections on the Indian Residential Schools Compensation Process: a lesson in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion
361 University Avenue, Courthouse
Rotunda 2nd floor, TLA Lawyers Lounge
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

This program contains 60 minutes of EDI Content.

This talk will give insight into where survivors came from, what they experienced at school and how their lives were affected. Also canvassed will be cultural competence and issues around listening skills, humility, open-mindedness and respect. Patience in dealing with individuals who are culturally predisposed to think deeply before answering will be addressed. The LSO guidelines for lawyers representing residential school survivors will be discussed.

Michael Bay’s paper will be available after his talk to those who request it.


  • Michael Bay

About Michael Bay

I spent a decade adjudicating the sexual and serious physical abuse claims residential school survivors. I heard over 600 cases from Vancouver Island to the Northern tip of Baffin Island. In preparation for each case, I received voluminous archival materials on each school as well as a lifetime of health, education and other records of the Claimant. A full day was set aside for me to question the Claimant about their life before residential school, their experience at school including the abuse, and the effect that that experience had on them, their family and their community.

Prior to my residential school work, I was the founding Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board. I am also an experienced adult educator, have published dozens of journal articles and delivered many hundreds of presentations in professional setting in Canada and abroad to health care professionals, judicial officers, lawyers and police. I am an associate professor (PT) in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University and adjunct professor of nursing at the University of Toronto.

Program details

Thursday, April 23, 2020

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. (Registration at 5:00 p.m.)

TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University Avenue Court House

This program contains 60 minutes of EDI Content.

Registration Fee:

Members $90.00 + HST 

Member Licensing Candidates and New Calls $20.00 + HST 

Non-Members and Friends of the TLA $120.00 + HST 

Complimentary tickets are available for Law School Students. Please contact Sandra Porter at events@tlaonline.ca.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Register online now or download the form.

No refunds after April 16, 2020. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations. Space is limited, no walk-ins.

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content by the Law Society of Ontario.

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