Watch Convocation speaker Phil Fontaine's speech, and find out three things about him

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Prof. Douglas Sanderson hoods Phil Fontaine, as he accepts his honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Chancellor Michael Wilson

By Hannah James / photo courtesy of Fred Cattroll

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015, it signified hope that Canada would begin to heal its relationship with Indigenous peoples.

For many years leading up to the commission, Indigenous leader Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine had been advocating for Indigenous rights in Canada.

Full coverage of the Class of 2017 Convocation Day

Monday, June 12, 2017

University of Toronto Faculty of Law bestows an honorary degree to TRC and Indigenous rights advocate and leader, Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine

The remarkably accomplished group that makes up Faculty of Law alumni now has more than 200 new members, as the Class of 2017 officially graduated on Convocation Day, June 9, and celebrated with their family and friends.

Second Beetz-Laskin Conference

To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the second Beetz-Laskin Conference on Canadian Constitutional Law, co-organized by the Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal (Noura Karazivan, Jean Leclair) and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Patrick Macklem), brings together Canadian and foreign experts around four main themes:

(1) Repatriation, between myth and reality

(2) Federalism, between history and modernity

(3) Indigenous peoples and constitutional pluralism

Understanding reconciliation with the Blanket Exercise

Friday, April 7, 2017

By Peter Boisseau / Photography by Lucianna Ciccocioppo

On an early spring day, dozens of students, faculty and other members of the University of Toronto law school community who have gathered in Rowell Room in Flavelle House listen quietly as they are warned that what they are about to experience will not be easy.

Alumna and Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh: "It's a beautiful time to be Métis"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Métis Nation of Ontario President and alumna Margaret Froh, first row and second from left, with Indigenous students past, present and future.

Margaret Froh spoke at the Faculty of Law about the historical struggles of the Métis, recent legal victories, and what the future holds

By Peter Boisseau

Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture: Alumnus Ontario Chief Justice Strathy calls on justices to embrace 'Gladue Spirit' in sentencing as part of reconciliation

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Humility and humanity are important virtues for judges to have in an evolving world

By Peter Boisseau / Photography by Oliver Salathiel

Judges should demonstrate “humility and humanity” when dealing with court cases involving Indigenous peoples, Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy, told a Faculty of Law audience at the Morris A. Gross Memorial Lecture.

The Reconciliation Resolution Challenge

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

First year law students and members of the Indigenous Law Students' Association Zachary Biech and Natalie Marsh prepare to commit to their Reconciliation Resolutions.
First year law students and members of the Indigenous Law Students' Association Zachary Biech and Natalie Marsh prepare to commit to their Reconciliation Resolutions.

Zachary Biech 1L writes about attending the 2016 Indigenous Bar Association Conference

Monday, November 7, 2016

By Zachary Biech

Zachary Biech and three other 1L students attended the Indigenous Bar Association Conference on behalf of the Faculty of Law, and their attendance was funded by the Aboriginal Law Program.

The 2016 Indigenous Bar Association Conference was a truly enlightening experience. The Conference was held in Vancouver this year on Musqueam territory. Getting the opportunity to fly across the country to such a beautiful city to meet other people from all over Canada was incredibly exciting.

U of T Law students explore Indigenous law at Cape Croker Indian Reserve

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Learning about water laws sitting next to Georgian Bay and about plant laws by walking through a forest

By Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

For years, Canadians studying Indigenous law have learned about treaties and case studies, sitting in a classroom and approaching the subject from a largely colonial perspective.