The fourth annual Alberta Access to Justice Week is taking place from October 25 to 31, 2021, and for the second year we are partnering with organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to take A2J Week national.
Many Canadians suffer due to a lack of access to justice. They face obstacles including a lack of fluency in English, physical distance from justice services, economic barriers and distrust of legal institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has also greatly impacted access to justice in our province. On one hand, the expansion of the remote delivery of legal services has made justice more accessible to many, including those with disabilities, living in remote parts of the province, or without reliable transportation. And on the other, the pandemic has resulted in the loss of income for many, and the disadvantaging of those without reliable access to technology and the internet.
Alberta’s community justice organizations are continuing to work to address these barriers to justice, old and new, and to find new and innovative ways to deliver programming while protecting the health of safety of their staff and clients. Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the important work of the organizations on our blog and we encourage you to return to learn more about the dedicated people who improve access to justice in Alberta every day.
We are also pleased to partner with organizations across Canada to feature free, virtual events to highlight community justice work and the importance of inclusivity in the delivery of legal services. A full list of events is available on our event calendar.
Join the conversation and learn more about access to justice in your community!