In 2017, we convened our first standing committee on Indigenous strategy. Our mandate includes not only developing responses to the ii' taa' poh' to' p strategy and the TRC Calls to Action, but, more broadly, the support of our current Indigenous law students and the recruitment of future Indigenous law students.
We have made good progress to date. Through the years, students in our first-year curriculum have:
- Participated in the Kairos blanket exercise during their Foundations of Law and Justice course;
- Visited Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park – the site of the signing of Treaty 7 – for a day of treaty education;
- Completed the Law Society of Alberta’s Indigenous Cultural Competency Education “The Path” and the Canadian Bar Association’s “The Path” programming during their Foundations of Law and Justice course;
- Received training in Indigenous and Critical Race perspectives, and anti-racism training.
We have also expanded our second and third-year program offerings, including courses on:
In addition students can participate in the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot.
We strive to ensure that non-Indigenous students are well positioned to start their legal careers being able to view the law with an understanding of the history and complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian justice system, while ensuring Indigenous students are empowered and well-supported in following their passions.
Our committee works closely with the student-lead Indigenous Law Students Association to support students and provide opportunities to engage with legal issues, Indigenous legal academics, Indigenous practitioners, and Indigenous Knowledge keepers and Elders. This includes guest lectures, funding for conference activities, and support for student-led initiatives.
We hope to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive legal profession by ensuring Indigenous students interested in attending law school have the support they need throughout their time at UCalgary Law, and that they will be able to thrive in their legal careers.
Do you have questions about attending the Faculty of Law as an Indigenous student? Contact our Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation.