LawMatters project staff met with representatives from community groups at Chilliwack Public Library May 27 for the pilot event of the next phase of the LawMatters at your local public library project. The purpose of the forums is to bring together public libraries and community groups that provide legal information. We discovered that many of the forum participants had not met each other before, and were very appreciative of the opportunity to learn about each other's programs, and discuss gaps in services. Participants commented on public library legal resources they had never seen, as well as services they did not know existed. The forum included participants from transition houses, police and specialized victim services, Community Response Networks [for vulnerable seniors], Family Justice Services, Native Courtworkers, immigrant services, adult literacy, public library, and legal aid services.
We plan to hold legal information forums around the province; if you would like a forum in your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .