UOttawa launches certificate in Indigenous law

The University of Ottawa has launched a certificate in Indigenous law, which is reportedly the first French-language program of its kind. The year-long certificate will introduce students to the legal systems of Indigenous peoples in Canada and will be taught primarily by Indigenous instructors. The program will be taught using Indigenous approaches and experimental and holistic methods, and will provide a smooth transition for students looking to participate in the Licentiate in Law (civil law) program. “Establishing this certificate is one more step on the road to reconciliation,” said UOttawa vice-dean academic Sophie Thériault. “This unique program will further access for a greater number of Indigenous students to legal education and professions, which will deepen reflection on the interaction between state-derived and Indigenous law, as well as increase access to justice for Indigenous peoples.”

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