Indigenous Initiatives and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, we are dedicated to fostering a learning environment that values, promotes and celebrates equity, respect and inclusion for everyone in our community. 

Throughout our curriculum, we incorporate diverse legal traditions, perspectives and experiences. This includes fostering awareness of systemic biases, promoting cultural competency and encouraging critical examinations of how the law intersects with issues of race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability and more. 

Our commitment to equity goes beyond the classroom. We continuously work to remove barriers and promote opportunities for all students, whether that is through financial support, mentorship or community-building.

EDI Committee

The Faculty of Law's EDI Committee is a standing committee of Law Faculty Council. Composed of faculty, staff and students, the EDI committee is mandated with promoting and supporting an open and inclusive environment in which all individuals are treated fairly with respect and dignity.

The committee's role includes encouraging an equity-sensitive teaching, learning and scholarly environment; acting as a resource; liaising with the university, bar and general public; sharing information and maintaining awarenss of EDI issues. The committee does not investigate or deal with complaints.

2023/24 Committee Members
  • Prof. Faith Majekolagbe, chair
  • Prof. Florence Ashley
  • Michael Rajan
  • Kathleen Makela
  • Gloria Strathern
  • Grace Lo
  • Bhavana Kanagala
  • Tajdeep Sandhu

Truth and Reconciliation

As recognized by the Truth and Reconciliation Report's Call to Action #28, Canadian law schools are in a unique position to address and enact reconciliation in partnership with Indigenous Peoples. Our work and collaboration towards the principles of reconciliation includes more fully integrating Indigenous law and legal traditions into our curriculum; academic and cultural support offered by our full-time Indigenous Support Officer; an Indigenous Speaker Series; and the Wahkohtowin law and Governance Lodge, which provides on-the-land and in-class education based on the Cree concept of “wahkohtowin” or interdependence.

II and EDI News