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Aboriginal Self-Identification Question to become mandatory June 1st

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Beginning June 1st, 2016 it will now be mandatory for all legal aid service providers to ask clients if they identify as an Aboriginal person and record this information within the Duty Counsel Accounts and Services page.

The Aboriginal Self-Identification Question (ASIQ) is a standardized question to be utilized at point of contact for legal aid services that allows all clients the opportunity to identify as Aboriginal, including First Nation, Mtis or Inuit, regardless of legal status or where they live. This information will need to be recorded for each client on the Duty Counsel Accounts and Services Page.

Starting May 16, 2016 all counsel will be able to access a short eLearning course on Aboriginal Identity and LAOs Aboriginal Self-Identification Question.


For more information on the Aboriginal Self-Identification Question, LAOs Aboriginal Identity policy, training and other resources, please visit