SPECIAL TEACHING WEEK! Indigenous Law and Legal Ethics Teaching Series 2021

About this Teaching Series

Indigenous legal orders operate across Turtle Island and have for thousands of years. While the Nations and laws are diverse, all legal orders have, at their core, ethical codes of conduct that could be used in Canadian law schools as a framework to teach legal ethics. In this series of teachings, we welcome Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other Traditional Teachers to share stories and lead discussions on how we can use Indigenous law to create more ethical lawyers in the Canadian justice system.

This teaching series is open to all. The first 20 U of T Law Students to register for this event will receive a $25 gift certificate to a meal delivery service. Students, please register with your @utoronto.ca email address OR email amanda.carling@utoronto.ca to claim your gift certificate.

Speakers: March 15-19, 2021

Monday, March 15 - Rayanna Seymour-Hourie: The RELAW Program [Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water]

More info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-relaw-program-revitalizing-indigenous-law-for-land-air-water-tickets-145134831187

Tuesday, March 16 - Elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke: Indigenous Law The Grandfather Teachings and the Great Law of Peace

More info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-law-ethics-the-grandfather-teachings-the-great-law-of-peace-tickets-145086416377 

Thursday, March 18 - Ira Provost: Indigenous Ethics & Relationship Building: A Blackfoot Perspective

More info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-ethics-and-relationship-building-a-blackfoot-perspective-tickets-145078292077 

Friday, March 19 - Chief R Stacey Laforme: Treaties, Indigenous Law and Ethics

More info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/treaties-indigenous-law-and-ethics-with-chief-r-stacey-laforme-tickets-145095361131 

Access to the Events

Attendees must register for each event separately. Please note that registration for each event will be closed at 5 pm ET the day before the event. On the morning of the event, registrants will be emailed a zoom link to access the talk. In order to be admitted from the waiting room, your zoom name must match the name with which you registered (or, if this is not possible, please email amanda.carling@utoronto.ca and provide your zoom name). In order to prevent zoom-bombings, we ask that you do not share the zoom link with anyone who is not registered.

Please join us! Miigwetch/Nia:wen/Marsee

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 iio.law@utoronto.ca 

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Julie Ann Shepard is of mixed heritage, including Mi’kmaw and settler (French, Irish, English) from Toronto. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is a creative thinker and being, with a love for art, music, activism and travel.  

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 iio.law@utoronto.ca

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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