Lakehead, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians to create Indigenous law institute

July 28, 2021

Lakehead University’s law faculty and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians have received a pledge of $918K over three years to support the creation of an Indigenous law institute in Thunder Bay. Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said that the funds will support research on Indigenous law-making and “lay the foundation” for a new legal centre that will reinvigorate Indigenous legal systems. The funding will support a project to improve Lenape, Mohawk, Oneida, and Anishinaabe law-making processes in a research phase and implement them in a pilot phase. It will also support a project to revitalize Anishinaabe and Metis law in partnership with regional communities and create land-based learning opportunities. “I still think there's a lot of discussion to go with respect to true sovereignty and jurisdiction applied by Indigenous communities,” said Grand Chief Joel Abram from the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. “If it’s not respected by settler governments, then it’s not quite there yet.” CBC (ON)