Information for Indigenous Law Students
Calgary Territorial Acknowledgment
We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the People of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
Indigenous Law Students Association
The Indigenous Law Club aims to serve and support Indigenous students and raise awareness among non-Indigenous students and staff about legal issues that impact Indigenous People in Canada.
Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot
In Cree, "Kawaskimhon" means speaking with knowledge about what is right. Each year a team of UCalgary Law students participate in this national, non-adversarial moot designed to incorporate Indigenous values and concepts of dispute resolution.
Writing Symbols Lodge
Writing Symbols Lodge provides academic, personal, and cultural support services and programs to prospective and current First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, and offers a welcoming and supportive learning environment for the whole campus community.
UCalgary Office of Indigenous Engagement
The Office of Indigenous Engagement and ii' taa'poh'to'p guide UCalgary on its path of transformation, and communicate its commitment and responsibility for truth and reconciliation.
Indigenous Relations Training Program
Open to students, staff, faculty and the public who are seeking development to gain a better understanding of the issues facing Canada's Indigenous population today, and how to build relationships with those communities.
Funding for Indigenous Students
A variety of scholarships and awards are available from UCalgary for Indigenous law students:
- You are eligible for the Faculty of Law Undergraduate Award of Excellence for BIPOC students.
- You are eligible for all UCalgary Law awards, scholarships and bursaries.
- The Peter Freeman, QC Bursary for Aboriginal Students in Law is given specifically to Indigenous students who meet the criteria.
- The Inter Pipeline Award for Indigenous Law Students, offered annually to an Indigenous student entering the JD program, based on academic merit.
- The Hersh E. Wolch, QC Memorial Scholarship for Indigenous Law Students (renewable), offered to an Indigenous student entering the JD program.
- The Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Award for BIPOC law students is awarded annually to a BIPOC student entering the JD program.
- Writing Symbols Lodge can provide information about post-secondary sponsorship and other sources of financial support.
- Review other externally-offered Indigenous Student Awards.
Additional external funding sources:
- MLT Aikins Indigenous Scholarship for 2L students
- Indigenous Bar Association Scholarship Foundation
- Band Funding
- Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award
- Roger Carter Scholarship
- Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Program
- First Peoples Law Indigenous Law Student Scholarship
- Bennett Jones LLP Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program