Instructor(s): Sarah Morales

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7115H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

Indigenous peoples were the earliest practitioners of law in Canada. Living in communities and nations across the land, they developed norms and practices to govern their social interaction, regulate trade, resolve disputes and govern the relationships between different nations. The diverse traditions of Indigenous peoples developed into highly established systems of law that guided Indigenous societies for centuries in the governance of community, the environment and relationships between people. Colonization has had a devastating impact on these Indigenous laws; however, Indigenous legal traditions have not disappeared and the importance of the need to respect and implement Indigenous legal traditions is now widely respected in Canada.

This course will serve to introduce students to Indigenous legal traditions in Canada, with a focus on Coast Salish laws and legal orders. It will examine the sources of these laws and methods of transmission. It will explore how these laws could be used to address current issues in Indigenous communities and Canada more generally. For example, it will examine issues of extractive development, privatization of property, and child welfare. Furthermore, it will also consider how to reconcile these laws with the larger Canadian legal system.

Students will be required to write a paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on March 7, 2019.

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Monday, February 4, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 8:50 - 10:20
Wednesday, February 6, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Thursday, February 7, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Monday, February 11, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Tuesday, February 12, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 4:10 - 6:00
Thursday, February 14, 2019: 12:30 - 2:00