Thunder Bay university to launch Indigenous Law and Justice Institute

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THUNDER BAY — Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of law will be receiving up to $437,000 in funding to launch an Indigenous Law and Justice Institute.

The Maamawi Bimosewag — They Walk Together Institute will expand the university’s current law program and advance collaboration and curriculum innovation in Indigenous Law at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, according to a news release issued by the university this week.

The law faculty’s dean Jula Hughes will oversee the project with guidance from Anishinawbe Omaa Minowaywin from the law school’s Indigenous advisory council.

Professor Nancy Sandy will act as director of the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute, the release said.

“The Indigenous Law and Justice Institute is an expression of the commitment of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law to be a partner in the revitalization of Indigenous law,” Hughes said in the release.

The funding provided to the law school allows the university to meet recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation report by collaborating with the federal government to establish an indigenous law institute for the development, use and understanding of Indigenous laws, the release said.

The institute will train students to conduct interviews with Elders and knowledge keepers and investigate treaty history and practice and conduct community-based workshops and document Anishinaabe and Métis law, legal principles and processes in culturally appropriate and community accessible ways.

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Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source