The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa will offer, for the first time beginning this September, an Indigenous Law Stream in the Common Law curriculum. A cohort of 20 students will take an intensive course beginning in first year that includes a substantial component in Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Dene and Metis law in addition to the common law.
The course is called Maanaajitoon/Torts. Common Law Professors in other first-year courses with larger enrolment will also be including various degrees of Indigenous legal principles within the substantive courses of Contracts, Criminal, Property and Constitutional Law. Students can also continue in second and third year with the option to specialize in the field through the Common Law Section’s Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions option.
The Faculty of Law has also created the position of Indigenous Affairs Coordinator to facilitate this process and to implement more fully the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.