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Indigenous Ways of Teaching anIndigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning - Feb. 25 2021
This event was facilitated by Dr. John Borrows, Canada's pre-eminent legal scholar and a global leader in the field of Indigenous legal traditions and Aboriginal rights. The event featured a panel of leading Indigenous post-secondary educators who shared their insights about different ways of teaching and developing curriculum about Indigenous laws. They explored their experience in partnering with Nations and communities to teach students about Indigenous legal traditions and systems.
Sharing Knowledge: Indigenous Sharing Knowledge: Indigenous Legal Research and Community Partnerships - March 8, 2021
The National Centre for Indigenous Laws second open forum of the series was an intimate ‘kitchen table’ discussion hosted by Dr. Robina Thomas, UVic Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Executive Director of the Office of Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement, and Ry Moran, founding Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and UVic’s Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation. They were joined by four Indigenous legal researchers who reflected on their work and experiences developing respectful and reciprocal relationships with communities:
• Bonnie Leonard, Assembly of First Nations Legal Advisor and former Chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc
• Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller (Kanien:keha’ka/Mohawk), Associate Professor and Assistant Vice President for Indigenous Initiatives, Carleton University
• Patricia Barkaskas, Associate Professor and Indigenous Community Legal Clinic Academic Director, University of British Columbia
• Lana Lowe, PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law and Lands Director, Fort Nelson First Nation
Relations Between People: InteRelations Between People: International Perspectives on UNDRIP
Co-hosted by Hereditary Chief Merle Alexander and Dr. Claire Charters (University of Aukland, New Zealand), this event hosted a panel of leaders who are furthering work around recognition of Indigenous rights through the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in their respective jurisdictions. They discussed ways Indigenous leaders are working across borders or within international jurisdictions to further the recognition of Indigenous rights and how this connects with the UNDRIP. Panelists included:
Dr. Carwyn Jones, Law, University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez, Mexico/University of Alberta
Annette Gainsford, Charles Stuart University, Australia
Practice and Institutions: IndPractice and Institutions: Indigenous Legal Resurgence in a Multi-juridical Canada - April 26, 2021
Hosted by Val Napoleon and Kimberly Murray, this event explored the relationship between Indigenous laws and Canadian legal practice and institutions. The discussion centred on the opportunities legal practitioners see with advancing jurisdiction and self-determination on behalf of the communities they work for. Hosts and panelists also elaborated on the complexities that exist with restoring Indigneous laws in the current legal landscape.