Friday, February 11, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Edwards Lecture 2022| Prisms of Justice: Indigenous Legal Perspective | February 11, 2022

Please join us for the 2022 John Ll. J. Edwards Memorial Lecture

On Friday, February 11th, Dr. Val Napoleon of the University of Victoria will present “Prisms of Justice: Indigenous Legal Perspective.”

Speaker: Dr. Val Napoleon, Acting Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
Date: February 11, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Online. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Abstract: When we hear the term justice employed, we of course apply our own expectations and definitions wrought through our own grids of intelligibility and experience. Justice and all that the concept encompasses form the aspirations that people hold for law and this includes Indigenous law. This is the way I want to take up the conversation about justice – from an Indigenous legal perspective and from within an Indigenous legal perspective. In other words, how is justice an aspiration of Indigenous law whether dealing with harms and injuries, conflicts, lands and water, gender, human rights, and so on?

Speaker Bio:
Val Napoleon is one Canada’s most influential Indigenous legal scholars. She is the director of the Indigenous law degree program at UVic.  She also directs the Indigenous Law Research Unit, which she co-founded in 2012 to partner with Indigenous communities, in order to support them in researching, re-articulating and rebuilding their laws. She also holds the Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance, has been named a Canadian Indigenous Bar Association People’s Counsel—a rare distinction awarded to a First Nations, Inuit, or Metis lawyer for “outstanding achievements in the practice of law"— and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars in 2017. In 2021 she received a national Indspire Award and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from UNBC.

The annual Edwards Memorial lecture is delivered in honour of the Centre’s founder, Professor John Ll. J. Edwards. The lecture is presented by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Eunillyne Lazado at and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.

We hope to see you there!