Aboriginal Legal Services

HONOURING HIS HONOUR An evening in celebration of The Honourable Justice Harry S. LaForme
ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES is hosting an evening in celebration of The Honourable Justice Harry S. LaForme on Thursday, 20th of September, 2018 at Convocation Hall, Law Society of Upper Canada 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

Reception & Indigenous Art Auction: Museum Room - 5:30 p.m.  Information about the Artist and their work coming soon!

Dinner: Convocation Hall - 7 p.m.

NOTE: After you have purchased your tickets, a staff member from ALS will contact you via email to get the names of everyone in your party and to find out if anyone has food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Please join us!

Click here to purchase tickets or copy and paste the following URL in your web browser        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/honouring-his-honour-justice-harry-s-laforme-tickets-48773863940


The Honourable Justice Harry S. LaForme


A member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Justice LaForme graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. As a lawyer, Justice LaForme started his own Aboriginal law practice where he advocated for Indigenous clients in Canada and abroad. Justice LaForme was known for his zealous advocacy in treaty rights cases, land claims and Charter issues. Justice LaForme was responsible for the supervision of the groundbreaking report on federal land claims policy which led to the creation of the Federal Indian Claims Commission.


In January 1994, Justice LaForme was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division). In November 2004 Justice LaForme was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is the first Indigenous person to be appointed to sit on any appellate court in the history of Canada. In October 2018, Justice LaForme will take retirement from the Ontario Court of Appeal. He will continue to work towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.


Click here to read more about Justice LaForme's exemplary career.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Event Committee at honouringhishonour@gmail.com


Show Your Support for ALS


The demand for ALS' services and expertise far outweighs the organizational capacity. By supporting the Honouring His Honour dinner, you will be supporting our work across the Province of Ontario.


We have a very limited number of tickets and expect this special event to sell out quickly. If you cannot attend the dinner but wish to support Aboriginal Legal Services in honour of Justice LaForme, we ask that you do so via our Canada Helps webpage instead of purchasing a ticket that will not be used. Donations made through Canada Helps are eligible for a tax receipt as will a portion of the ticket price for this special event.

If you wish to sponsor this event, please contact:

Barbara Yip, Chair

Honouring His Honour PlanningCommittee




About ALS


Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS), formerly Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, was incorporated in February 1990. Our Ojibway name, given to us by Elder Jacqui Lavalley is, Gaa Kina Gwii Waabamaa Debwewin which means All Those Who Seek the Truth. The organization started as an offshoot of the legal programs at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.


When it began, ALS had 8 staff. We now have well over 60, with offices in 11 cities in Ontario. ALS has been a leader in advancing Aboriginal issues before the courts. We have appeared as an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada 17 times. We have appeared often before the Ontario Court of Appeal as well as Courts of Appeal in Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. ALS was a party at the Ipperwash inquiry, the Inquiry into Paediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (The Goudge Inquiry) and the Frank Paul Inquiry in British Columbia. In addition, ALS has represented many families in inquests across the province.


ALS has been an innovator in making changes to the way in which the justice system works with Aboriginal people. The Community Council was the first urban Aboriginal criminal diversion program in Canada when it began in 1992. More recently, the Giiwedin Anang Child Welfare Aboriginal Alternative Dispute Resolution program has become a leader in the field.


ALS' Legal Clinic is involved in direct legal representation, strategic litigation and work on victim rights. ALS provides representation on landlord and tenant matters, social assistance and criminal injuries compensation. Our strategic litigation work is informed by the lived experiences of our clients, our programs and the services we provide to the community.

In the early 2000s, ALS was involved in the creation of the first Gladue Court at Old City Hall in Toronto. In the years since, ALS has assisted in setting up similar courts in jurisdictions across Turtle Island. ALS pioneered the use of Gladue Reports and prepares more such reports than any other organization in Canada.





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