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The National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL) is a direct response to the TRC’s Calls to Action, specifically #50: “In keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal organizations, to fund the establishment of Indigenous law institutes for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada”. 

The NCIL will develop world-class theoretical and substantive Indigenous legal education materials and academic resources. We are currently holding engagements with the aim of raising awareness of the world’s first Indigenous Law Program at the University of Victoria and solicit feedback to inform the new National Centre for Indigenous Laws. 

This survey is part of engaging and understanding the potential role of the National Centre for Indigenous Laws within Canada and beyond. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. 

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How do you identify? Please select all that apply.

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We are committed to the promotion of accessibility and inclusivity. This includes consideration of how we best create space and amplify voices and perspectives of people who carry marginalized identities.

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Current gender identity. How do you describe yourself? Check one.

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What is your age range?

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In your opinion, how important is the resurgence of Indigenous laws and ways of knowing?

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How would you describe your knowledge of Indigenous laws?

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What topics come to mind when thinking of the resurgence of Indigenous laws? Select all that apply

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Diverse programming
Diverse faculty members and lecturers
Partnerships with Indigenous communities
Partnerships with Indigenous legal scholars
Public events and media campaigns
Tools/resources for Indigenous Nations, their leaders, and members/citizens
Tools/resources for academics, students, and researchers
Resources for legal practitioners and judges
Resources for local, municipal, provincial, and federal governments
Ongoing engagement with the public
Ongoing engagement with Indigenous legal scholars in Canada
Ongoing engagement with international Indigenous legal scholars
Partnerships with other legal institutions
Partnerships with legal industry partners
Ongoing advocacy advancing Indigenous rights and authority

Which of the following areas of Indigenous laws are you most interested in learning about or exploring? Select all the apply.

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Please identify the specific functions you think the National Centre for Indigenous Laws should play. Select all that apply:

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