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Our ILRU team members and their innovative research are attracting public attention. Check out the ILRU stories in the news and interviews with our dedicated team members.

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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...

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....

Indigenous legal orders

Corporate Knights "University of Victoria set to offer first combined common law and Indigenous law degree." See article

The role of the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation

University of Victoria Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation at Ideafest 2018. "They are key figures in UVic’s proposed dual-degree program in Canadian law and Indigenous law....

New UVic program combines Indigenous and non-Indigenous law

BC Local News "Senator Murray Sinclair, former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said the world’s first Indigenous law degree is consistent with the findings of the commission. A new Indigenous Legal Lodge will house the joint program, whose...

Indigenous scholar Val Napoleon embraces disruption

The Globe and Mail "An influential Indigenous scholar, Prof. Napoleon holds the Law Foundation research chair at the University of Victoria's aboriginal justice and governance program, through which her work is helping First Nations apply their own laws within their...


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