Instructor(s): Faculty Advisor, Bryce Edwards
Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law

3 credits: can be allocated across both semesters.

Note: The Kawaskimhon Moot satisfies the oral advocacy requirement.

Please apply to Assistant Dean Sara Faherty at if you wish to participate in the Kawaskimhon Moot but have not obtained the pre-requisite credit.

Registration: To participate in the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal moot, you must register for the course AND apply to Assistant Dean Sara Faherty indicating your interest prior to the end of the course selection deadline. There is typically a one year wait list to participate in the Aboriginal moot, and priority is given to third year students who have completed the prerequisite course.

This course provides an opportunity for students with an interest in and experience with Aboriginal legal and constitutional concerns to earn academic credit through participation in an inter-university scholastic event. Kawaskimhon means speaking with knowledge. The responsibility of hosting and outlining the fact pattern rotates among participating schools. The structure of the moot problem changes from year to year, but typically requires each student team to write a position paper on behalf of fictional clients, and then to represent those client interests at a negotiation session which usually happens in early March. Students are traditionally required to draw upon both common law and Indigenous legal traditions in preparing their position paper and during the negotiation session.

Further information will be available from the instructor.

is based on satisfactory participation in the team on a credit/no credit basis.

At a Glance

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4 JD