The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.
We welcome you to join us as a member or attend any of our upcoming events.
Ten years ago, I remember attending my first FACL event as a law student. It was an experience that I’ll never forget because it was the first time I felt like I actually belonged in this profession.
Like many of you, I was the first to attend law school. My parents came to Canada with a hope to create a better future for their children. They worked hard so that my brother and I could have a better future. Despite getting into law school, I couldn’t help but feel like an outsider. Even my dad was worried that my "Asian-ness" would put me at a disadvantage — he was not wrong.
Attending my first event changed all of this. It was the first time I met lawyers who not only looked like me but were also willing to lend a hand. FACL gave me a sense of community, a sense of belonging and a sense of family.
I believe that this is what sets FACL apart from other legal organizations. As a family, our roots run deep. We support each other, we advocate for each other, and we lend a helping hand to others in need.
The rise of anti-Asian hate has shown us the importance of organizations like FACL BC that we can lean on for advocacy. We are now at a moment in history where we have the social license to speak up. We now have a seat at the table. And now is the time to send the elevator down to support the future generation of lawyers.
I am grateful for the support of our FACL community. I am grateful for our dedicated volunteers and directors. Finally, I am grateful for members like you.
It is our members who inspire us to keep promoting equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community. In return, I invite you to continue promoting our mission, to take part in our active committees, and to connect with me.
This year marks our 11th year in BC, and we’ve only just begun.
President, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC
The FACL BC registered office is situated on the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ə (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We acknowledge the significance of the land for the Indigenous peoples who have lived here and acted as stewards since time immemorial, as well as the historical and ongoing injustices they still face. We are committed to working towards decolonial solidarity and the full realization of Indigenous rights. Read our full land acknowledgement here.