Hadley Friedland, LLB (Victoria), LLM (Alberta), PhD (Alberta)

Assistant Professor


About Me

Hadley Friedland joined the faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 2016 and assistant professor in 2017. Her research focuses on Indigenous laws, Aboriginal law, criminal justice, family and child welfare law 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.

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 the first Research Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit [ILRU] at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and is co-creator, with Dr. Val Napoleon, of the ILRU methodology. She has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada to identify and articulate their own laws.

Dr. Friedland’s research has won several awards, including the prestigious Vanier Scholarship and the inaugural SSHRC Impact Talent Award. 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. Her first book, The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles: Cree and Anishinabek Responses to Violence and Victimization has recently been released by University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Friedland is co-lead, with Dr. Shalene Jobin (Faculty of Native Studies) of the Wahkohtowin Indigenous Law and Governance Lodge, an interdisciplinary initiative developed to support community-led research of Indigenous laws and governance principles. 


  • Aboriginal Law

  • Indigenous Laws

  • Indigenous Legal Methodologies and Pedagogies

  • Criminal Justice

  • Child Welfare Law

  • Dispute Resolution and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

  • Community-engaged, Collaborative Research

Dr. Friedland teaches the following courses: 

Law 524: Family Law

Law 590: Indigenous Peoples and the Law

Law 591: The TRC, Justice and Reconciliation

Law 486: Jurisprudence: Indigenous Laws: Questions and Methods

Law 599: Wahkohtowin Intensive: Miyo-wîcêhtowin Principles and Practice