Indigenous Initiatives

Cultural Support

UAlberta Law supports Indigenous students as they prepare for successful legal careers through a program of academic, personal and cultural opportunities.

Indigenous Student Academic and Cultural Support Advisor

The Indigenous Student Academic and Cultural Support Advisor provides individualized support for Indigenous law students aimed at addressing potential systemic problems they may face and fostering academic excellence. The Advisor works with the Faculty’s Student Life Coordinator, Recruitment Services, Career Services, and Awards facilitator and advises on TRC and Indigenous-focused initiatives at the Faculty, while strengthening connections between the Faculty and Indigenous communities, organizations and the general legal community.

First Peoples’ House

First Peoples’ House offers a variety of programs and services, as well as information on scholarships and funding for Indigenous students. Students are invited to participate in events throughout the year, such as a Round Dance and regular community meals. A smudge/ meditation room and traditional knowledge keepers are also available.

Indigenous Law Students’ Association

Thanks to the generous support of ATCO and the ATCO Endowment in Aboriginal Law, as well as other endowments and donations, we support the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA) with its program of activities. In recent years, this funding has supported the annual Aboriginal Law Speaker Series and has provided travel funds for students to attend the annual Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot and the Indigenous Bar Association annual conference.

Aboriginal Law Speaker Series

The Aboriginal Law Speaker Series is an important annual event for our law school community. The series — sponsored by the Alberta Law Foundation, ATCO Group and Student Group Services — is organized by ILSA and is open to the law school, university and broader community. On each day of the conference, a different guest speaker presents on the theme of that year. In 2018, the theme was Indigenous Law: Theory and Practice. Topics included Cree law, Mohawk justice systems and Anishinaabe citizenship codes.