National Day for TRC: Pro Bono Services

Tomorrow is Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is the first national day to focus on the rights of First Nations peoples. Here at Clarke Immigration Law, we are focused on being part of the solution. Immigration needs to recognize Canada’s colonialist past. We need to be part of the solution.

Recognizing our role to help, CIL is offering pro bono services for First Nations individuals on Change of Name applications. This is a program that was announced in 2021. As reported:

Federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says beginning Monday, June 14, Indigenous people can apply to change their names on documents like passports, status cards, permanent residency documents, and social insurance cards.

“It will not only apply to those survivors of the residential schools, but others as well who may have had their names stripped from them. And the process will be entirely free,” Mendicino explained Monday.

This is a service that we will provide to all Indigenous people who request this service. We will not charge any professional fees for this service.