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Cover art: “Grandfather Teaching” from the Homage to Grandfather series by Daphne Odjig, used with permission.

Faculty of Law

An Indigenous Oral History Reader moves law student training towards reconciliation

May 11, 2022 — 
A course introducing law students to the oral history of Indigenous peoples in relation to legal systems has now been made a part of the permanent curriculum at Robson Hall. Materials used throughout the course have been compiled into a single volume and published as a comprehensive resource for the use of educators, scholars and students. An Indigenous Oral History Reader, edited by Dr. Bryan Schwartz, with assistance from several credited student editors was published March 18, 2022 and is available online through the University of Alberta Libraries and on a not-for-profit basis at amazon.ca.

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Robson Hall’s 2022 Kawaskimhon moot team: Katie Rothwell (3L) and Keira Hasenack (2L), beaming hugely behind their masks while attending the consensus-based, non-adversarial Indigenous moot in Montreal.

Faculty of Law

Achieving reconciliation: Kawaskimhon Moot trains law students to advocate for Indigenous rights

April 8, 2022 — 
The Kawaskimhon Moot (Kawaskimhon being a word of Cree origin that translates as “speaking with knowledge”) incorporates Indigenous legal traditions with federal, provincial and international law. With no winners or losers, mooters take part in roundtable negotiations on a particular topic, representing their assigned party. Team Manitoba was very pleased with their negotiation outcome. “After over 12 hours at the negotiation table, my teammate Katie and I were able to come to a memorandum of agreement with the other parties in the spirit of reconciliation,” said Hasenack. “This experience also allowed us to connect with like-minded law students from across Canada, who share a passion for Indigenous rights.”

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Student stands in front of bookcase.

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Law Makers program connects Indigenous high school and UM students

April 5, 2022 — 
New Law Makers program combines social justice education with mentorship

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Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law to offer new mandatory Indigenous course

December 13, 2021 — 
One of the most important accomplishments of the Law Faculty Council for the fall term of 2021 was to vote unanimously to approve the Faculty’s new Indigenous Course Requirement. The course has been named “Indigenous Methodologies and Perspectives" and will be offered in the second year of the Juris Doctorprogram. The course meets the requirements of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action 28.

Faculty of Law's new Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, Marc Kruse

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law introduces new Indigenous Student Support Coordinator

September 29, 2021 — 
This fall, the Faculty of Law welcomed back alumnus Marc Kruse [JD/2015] to fill the role of Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, recently vacated by the retirement of long-time instructor, Wendy Whitecloud. In addition to providing programming and supports for Indigenous students at Robson Hall, he will be responsible for supplying the Faculty with opportunities and initiatives in Indigenizing the curriculum.

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Cover of UNDRIP Handbook by Law Professor Brenda Gunn.

Faculty of Law

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Gunn and Neve: Canada mustn’t wait any longer to implement the UN declaration on Indigenous rights

March 11, 2021 — 
Bringing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to life in Canada has been a long time coming. Close to four decades in fact, a staggeringly long time for such a crucial human rights concern.

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A water bottle sits on the table in front of Chief and NDP candidate Rudy Turtle during a visit by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Oct. 5, 2019 on the Grassy Narrows First Nation, where industrial mercury poisoning in its water system has seriously affected the health of the community. // THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

A sin tax on sugary drinks unfairly targets Indigenous communities instead of improving health

February 22, 2021 — 
'Imposing a sugary beverage tax on Indigenous consumers would be unethical, contravene tax law and undermine Indigenous rights to self-determination'

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Professor Megan Davis smiling on a street in Australia.

Faculty of Law

Accelerating Indigenous self-determination after Trump

February 8, 2021 — 
Australian Indigenous activist-turned-academic Prof. Megan Davis has more than two decades of work with the United Nations under her belt

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Alumna Diane Roussin

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Living library creates an interactive way to celebrate Indigenous alumni success

September 14, 2020 — 
Learn about the career paths of four Indigenous UM alumni on October 2.

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Victoria Tauli Corpuz, - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Faculty of Law

Conference report demystifies how to implement UN Indigenous rights declaration

June 30, 2020 — 
Practical examples of how Indigenous peoples around the world are breathing life into the carefully chosen words of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are now available online. The Kiskinohamatowin report is based on a conference hosted by University of Manitoba Law Prof. Brenda Gunn and consultant Celeste McKay in 2019.

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