Orientation 2018 – A Week in Pictures

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

Welcoming Ceremony

Students gathered at University Square

Students gather at University Square for the beginning of 2018 Orientation

Dean Adam Dodek and Elder Claudette Commanda

Dean Adam Dodek welcomes Elder Claudette Commanda

Elder Claudette Commanda

Elder Commanda speaks to first-year students

Students in the Gowlings Moot Court

Students gather in the Gowlings Moot Court for “Hold Your Fire”, a presentation by Professor Ian Kerr

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Common Law Section Organizes Blanket Exercise for Incoming Students

Denise Anne Boissoneau

Knowledge Keeper and Common Law Alumna Denise Anne Boissoneau (LL.B. 1998)

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The blankets represent land in Canada prior to the arrival of European settlers.

John Henri Commanda

Knowledge Keeper John Henri Commanda addresses students during the exercise. Earlier in the day, John Henri's son, Julien Commanda was present. This was particularly powerful since he talked about the impact of intergenerational effects of his father being a Sixties Scoop child.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Millions of First Nations People (represented by student participants) lived in thousands of distinct societies at the time of first European contact.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The impacts of colonization are felt throughout the exercise. Students are asked to stand closer together when land is appropriated, or to leave the blankets completely when large swaths of First Nations people succumb to disease, starvation, and displacement.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

By the end of the exercise, the floor is nearly bare. It is meant to show that today, Aboriginal lands south of the 60th parallel make up less than one-half of one per cent of the Canadian land mass.

Supreme Court of Canada Reception

Justice Abella and Justice Moldaver

The Honourable Rosalie Abella and The Honourable Michael Moldaver speak with students during the reception

Justice Abella

The Honourable Justice Abella shares wonderful anecdotes with everyone gathered at the Supreme Court of Canada

Dean Adam Dodek

Dean Adam Dodek addresses students during the reception

Klara Danielson

AECLSS President Klara Danielson provides advice to students as they embark on their journey

Lynne Vicars, Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association President Lynne Vicars

Students and food

Students were treated to a lovely spread of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the reception


Our 140 ft. tent cut an impressive figure against the backdrop of the Ottawa cityscape. This was the first time the Supreme Court had hosted such a reception on its grounds

Students in front of the Supreme Court of Canada

The class of 2021 gathers on the steps of the Court for a group photo

Supreme Court of Canada

The Court graciously provided tours to all in attendance

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