Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:30pm
Jackman Law Building, J130

NOTE: The Indigenous Initiatives Office (IIO) Speaker Series is open to the public. All are welcome and lunch will be served. Please join us.

The richness of witaskewin: Plains Cree laws on neighborliness, legal ethics, and practicing law in an inspirited and relational manner.

As an overarching legal principle, witaskewin guides Plains Cree peoples in our conduct as good neighbors, as well as how we maintain good treaty relations with other nations.   Implicit within these laws are lessons on legal ethics.  Darcy will explore how witaskewin channels us towards ethical relations that enrichen how we practice law towards other people, nations, and non-human agents.    

Speaker Bio:

Darcy Lindberg joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta as an assistant professor in 2019. His current doctoral research focuses on the constitutional and legal theory of Plains Cree peoples in relation to the land, water, and animals, and the trans-systemic relationships with Canadian constitutional law.

Lindberg earned his LLM at the University of Victoria. His thesis explored Cree legal orders through an examination of ceremonial rules of procedure and the transformation of gendered protocols. He has published and has publications forthcoming regarding Indigenous law and legal theory, Plains Cree constitutionalism and food sovereignty, and Indigenous citizenship orders.

Lindberg, who is mixed-rooted Plains Cree, was called to the BC and Yukon Bars in 2012. He practiced with Davis LLP in the Yukon Territory. He also has been involved in Indigenous-focused youth leadership development in Alberta for the past 15 years.


Contact - Amanda Carling Manager, Indigenous Initiatives: amanda.carling@utoronto.ca