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Better Recognizing Indigenous Legal Orders

A reflection on our time spent with the Indigenous Law Research Unit A reflection by the Sierra Club BC on the Indigenous Laws Workshop run by ILRU. See the blog post.

Report Examines Anishinaabeg governance and family law

Report Examines Anishinaabeg governance and family law The Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle is pleased to release a new report that shines light on Anishinaabeg kinship-centred governance and family law. The report aims to help Anishinaabeg and other...

It’s Nothing like Law & Order

Everyday Reconciliation "On this episode of Everyday Reconciliation, host Elin Miller speaks with Val Napoleon, an activist, educator, and the interim Dean of Law at University of Victoria, about Indigenous legal frameworks, and how essential they are to...

A citizen’s guide to reconciliation

Policy Options Politiques Tara Williamson and Robert Houle, discuss the role that individuals play in advancing reconciliation, and what steps settlers can take to push for it in their everyday lives. Listen to podcast

Revitalizing Indigenous systems of law in Canada

On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko "Val Napoleon, a law professor at the University of Victoria and a member of the Saulteau First Nation, discusses how far Canada has gone to answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 50." Listen to podcast

This Land is Their Land

Weapons of Reason - The Conflict Issue "In British Columbia, the First Nations are at war with oil and gas companies intent on exploiting their indigenous lands, and with each other over governance and tensions between a “democratic” present and their ancestral...

Val Napoleon wins 2021 Indspire Award for Law and Justice

UVic News "Val Napoleon is one of Canada’s most influential Indigenous legal scholars. She’s also an artist, disruptor, activist, a Cree woman from the Saulteau First Nation and an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitxsan) Nation. Today, Napoleon received the 2021...

Indigenous lawyer Val Napoleon gets UNBC honorary degree

Indigenous lawyer Val Napoleon gets UNBC honorary degree ILRU Director, Dr Val Napoleon, is slated to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in June 2021. See article

The Transitional Space to Learn Indigenous Law

Canadian Bar Association of BC: Bartalk Jessica Asch and Christina Gray discuss "the Transitional Space to Learn Indigenous Law" in this newly published article in the Canadian Bar Association of BC's Bartalk. Read article See Christina Gray website

Conversations on Calls to Action 28 – Going to school

Canadian Bar Association: The Every Lawyer "President Brad Regehr meets with Dr. Val Napoleon and Sigma Daum Shanks to discuss Call to Action 28, which calls on law schools to require students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law." Listen to podcast

Walking a path of partnership and friendship

UVic Dean's Lecture Series "In June 2015, after seven years of collecting evidence on the history and legacy of Indian residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its 388-page Executive Summary (the "report"). This...

ILRU Researcher

ILRU Researcher We are seeking to hire an ILRU Researcher. This is a full-time, one-year contract position to work alongside the whole ILRU team on different ILRU projects in a collaborative, dynamic environment. Please note that our priority is to hire a person who...

LEAF Edmonton Persons Day Breakfast 2020 featuring Dr. Val Napoleon

LEAF Edmonton Persons Day Breakfast 2020 featuring Dr. Val Napoleon Dr. Val Napoleon's talk is entitled, “Contested Legal Personalities: Indigenous Women." Dr. Napoleon explores how the combined conditions of violence as well as the various responses to sexualized,...

UVic’s new Indigenous Law Centre

Breakfast Television & CityNews Vancouver Val Napoleon was on Breakfast Television & CityNews Vancouver with Thor Diakow yesterday to talk about the upcoming national Indigenous Law Centre, where ILRU will be housed in future. See video

UVic Law to build a National Centre for Indigenous Laws

Uvic News “This physical structure represents a sanctuary where our laws, which enable us to be peoples, will be safe, and where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students will learn about those laws, creating the foundation to a multijuridical Canada.” — Dr Val...

Home on Native Land

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs) Dr. Val Napoleon talks about the Indian Act and Indigenous Law for this short film with Ryan McMahon for RAVEN's project, which aims to shift our country’s current understanding of Indigenous justice....


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