I support the Statement of Principles. While history generally shows that our society and our profession ultimately embrace minorities, progress has always been too slow whether one looks at the challenges faced by non-English speaking Europeans, Catholics and Jews in prior generations and the challenges still faced by women and by LGBTQ and racialized peoples in varying ways and degrees. And there are particular challenges now facing Indigenous and black lawyers.
The Statement of Principles allows an annual opportunity for reflection and, for those who choose to do so, an opportunity for voluntary commitment. No belief or expression is compelled although acknowledgement of existing legal obligations is required.