Hadley Friedland joined the faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 2016. Her research focuses on Indigenous laws, legal methodologies and pedagogies, Aboriginal law, criminal justice, family and child welfare law, dispute resolution and therapeutic jurisprudence. She has published numerous articles and collaborated to produce accessible Indigenous legal resources for Indigenous communities, legal professionals and the general public. She also provides experiential community-based training and continuing legal education in this area.
Dr. Friedland holds a Child and Youth Care diploma (with distinction) from MacEwan University, an LLB from the University of Victoria, and an LLM and PhD from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2010. She was Research Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit [ILRU] at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law from 2012 to 2016 and is co-creator, with Dr. Val Napoleon, of the ILRU methodology. She has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada.
Dr. Friedland’s research has won several awards, including the prestigious Vanier Scholarship and the inaugural SSHRC Impact Talent Award. Her LLM thesis, The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles is widely used in law schools across North America. Her PhD dissertation, Reclaiming the Language of Law: The Contemporary Articulation and Application of Cree Legal Principles in Canada, was awarded the Governor General Gold Medal.