Prof. Darcy Lindberg to co-present keynote address at Indigenous Bar Association conference

Specialist in Nêhiyaw constitutionalism to speak alongside leading scholar John Borrows

14 October 2020

Assistant Professor Darcy Lindberg, a specialist in Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) constitutionalism at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, will give the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Indigenous Bar Association Conference.

Delivered virtually this year, the conference spans two different weeks, with student programming that ran on October 8, professional development programming that took place on October 9 and expert discussions of Indigenous law commencing on October 23.

The theme for the conference is “Disrupted Systems: Justice for Indigenous Peoples, Black Community Alliances, and the Global Pandemic as Catalyst for Lasting Change.”

On October 23, Lindberg will speak alongside renowned legal scholar John Borrows, discussing Anishinabeg and Nêhiyaw legal principles about love and reciprocity. The keynote address will also include discussions of allyship and acting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements.

UAlberta Faculty of Law Assistant Professor Hadley Friedland, co-lead of the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge, and Lodge legal counsel Koren Lightning-Earle will also facilitate a breakout session on Indigenous Family and Child Jurisdiction at the conference. It takes place October 23.

During the dedicated student day on October 8, UAlberta Faculty of Law student Kienna Shkopich-Hunter, ‘22 JD, spoke as a panelist for the session, “Allyship, Justice Reform, Systems Disrupted: Fireside Chat with the Black Law Students Association” and PhD student Naiomi Metallic moderated the session, “Indigenizing and Decolonizing Legal Education.”