UVic launches Indigenous law degree program
The launch of the University of Victoria’s new joint degree program in Indigenous and non-Indigenous law—the world’s first—welcomed the first cohort of 26 students and acknowledged the program as a far-reaching response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The ceremony (Sept. 25, 2018) in First Peoples House included Susan Breau, dean of law, President Jamie Cassels, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the program’s co-founders John Borrows and Val Napoleon, and JID student Colby Lizotte.
The new law program at UVic will help Indigenous peoples and Canada build enduring political and legal relationships. It will be applicable to rebuilding economies, environmental management, child welfare, education, human rights, healthy communities, and housing. Students will learn how to understand Indigenous legal orders, reason with them, build institutions based on those orders, and design institutions and procedures that work in concert with other levels of Canadian law.