Alumna Jessie Stirling, JD 2020 and recipient of the President's Award for the Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year, chats with JD Candidate and Co-President of the Indigenous Law Students' Association, Karlie Nordstrom. 

The Faculty of Law has long been dedicated to enhancing Indigenous voices in our community and within the legal profession. Through the Indigenous Initiatives Office (IIO), the Faculty offers innovative academic and experiential initiatives to all law students. The IIO promotes cultural initiatives at the law school and is devoted to recruiting and supporting Indigenous law students.

Please note: Due to changes to the Fall 2020 J.D. program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programming of the IIO will run in a modified format. For more information, please contact IIO Manager, Amanda Carling at 416-978-2583 or 

Supporting and Recruiting Indigenous law students

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Amanda Carling Manager, Indigenous Initiatives


Amanda Carling is a Métis lawyer and is the Manager, Indigenous Initiatives at the Faculty of Law. Amanda graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2012 and was called to the Ontario bar in 2013. Amanda articled with Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted or AIDWYC) and worked as Legal Education Counsel from 2013-2016. Amanda is the President of the Board at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto and was a member of the Debwewin Jury Implementation Committee.

Douglas Sanderson Associate Professor

Faculty Advisor 

Associate Professor Douglas Sanderson is the Faculty Advisor and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Professor Sanderson graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2003 and teaches First Year Property Law, coaches the Kawaskimhon Competitive Moot and is the Faculty Advisor to the Indigenous Law Journal.

Contact Us

You can contact us at 416-978-2583 or

The Faculty of Law is grateful for the generous support from the Law Foundation of Ontario for the Indigenous Initiatives Office.

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