This page collects videos of past Indigenous Initiatives Office Speaker Series events.

Aboriginal Justice Systems: Envisioning First Nations Community Courts - Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWin)

November 2, 2017

Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWin) was the first Indigenous Law Dean in Canada and the second Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation in North and South Dakota.

Indigenous Legal Traditions - Professor Sákéj Henderson

January 5, 2017

In this lecture, Professor Sákéj Henderson discusses the importance of Indigenous legal traditions and shares teachings from Mi'kmaw law. This was a guest lecture in Kerry Wilkins’ class, Aboriginal People and the Canadian Law.

First Nations Governments in Canada - Maggie Wente

January 10, 2017

In this lecture, Maggie Wente discusses: The landscape of First Nations governance in Canada; The legal personality, rights and powers of First Nations governmental bodies; How governance units are individuated or identified - Tribal Councils, Chiefs Councils, Treaty Associations, Provincial-Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Maggie Wente is a partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, a member of the Serpent River First Nation and an alumna of the U of T Faculty of Law.

The Métis: Past, Present and Future - Margaret Froh

January 31, 2017

In this talk, Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh discussed:  The Métis identity and the Métis Nation of Ontario; Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) 2016 SCC 12; and Reconciliation with the Métis and her vision for the future of the MNO.

Residential Schools, Reconciliation and "Recognition to Action" - Phil Fontaine

February 7, 2017

In this talk former National Chief Phil Fontaine discusses reconciliation and his campaign to have Indigenous peoples recognized as part of the founding peoples of Canada.

Law 370: Annual Indigenous Law Presentation - Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

January 11, 2018

This talk took place at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law on January 11, 2018 in Professor Kerry Wilkins' class, Indigenous People and the Canadian Law.

Constituting Colonialism: Indigenous Nations, Treaty Rights and US/CA Nation-Building - Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

January 12, 2018

This talk took place at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law on January 12, 2018 as part of the Indigenous Initiatives Office Speaker Series. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood and the Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-led Engagement (CIRCLE)

Practicing Onakonigewin: Anishinabe Law and Relation - Dawnis Kennedy

January 11, 2019

Join Minnawaanigogiizhigok (a.k.a. Dawnis Kennedy) as she considers the challenge and value of practicing onakonigewin (Anishinabe law) today. In particular, she explores how concepts of treaty, governance and law are understood differently within the practice of onakonige.