From the Spring 2002 issue of Nexus.

June CallwoodNamed in honour of the well-known Canadian journalist, author and social activist, the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law is helping the Faculty to increase the Aboriginal presence at the law school and to create a vibrant and stimulating learning environment from which tomorrow's leaders in Aboriginal law will emerge.

Through an anonymous gift and matching funds from the University which established a $1 million endowment, the Callwood Program supports undergraduate communitybased internships in Aboriginal law as well as graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships for Aboriginal students.

Businessman Ronald Rhodes, who was instrumental in the founding of the Women's Television Network, took a leadership role in the creation of the Ron Rhodesprogram. At the Oct. 4, 2001 launch, Rhodes was presented with gifts from the University's First Nations House, the Faculty, and the program's first scholarship recipient in recognition of his ideas and initiatives that were central to the creation of the program.

"This gift is allowing the Faculty to significantly enhance the study of Aboriginal law for our students," says Dean Ron Daniels. "We are grateful to Ronald Rhodes for his vision and leadership, and we are proud to have the program named in honour of June Callwood."

The initiatives created through the Program allow both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to gain an enhanced understanding of Aboriginal rights and the role they play in law, government and public policy. Through community-based internships, the Program enables students to gain practical experience with Aboriginal community organizations while at the same time providing much needed support for these communities. Through the fellowships and scholarships, the Faculty can recruit some of the best and brightest students from around the world for study in the area of Aboriginal law in both the graduate and JD programs.

Nagamonan Nagweabin - Ladies Hand Drum singersJune Callwood's career has spanned more than 60 years. A celebrated author, her 29 books include Love, Hate, Fear and Anger, Twelve Days in Spring, and The Man Who Lost Himself. A longtime contributor to the Globe and Mail, she has also written hundreds of articles for magazines such as Maclean's, Chatelaine and Toronto Life. In 1966 Callwood turned her journalistic talents to broadcasting when she hosted the CBC program Generations. She went on to host CBC's In Touch, Vision TV's series Callwood's National Treasures, and Prime TV's Caregiving. Callwood is known for her strong commitment to social activism, particularly on issues affecting women and children. She is founder or co-founder of more than 50 social action organizations including Casey House Hospice, Jessie's Centre for Teenagers, and Nellie's Hostel for Women, and in 2001 she received Companion of the Order of Canada in recognition of her work.

"I am thrilled beyond measure that this important addition to the law school is named in my honour," says Callwood. "I am humbled by this tremendous honour, and I would like to give special thanks to Ronald Rhodes for his leadership and to the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law."