uOttawa launches Indigenous law stream

September 7, 2016

The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law has introduced an Indigenous law stream option to its common law program, starting this fall. Students will take an intensive course in their first year, called Maanaajitoon/Torts, which focuses on Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Dene, and Métis law in addition to common law. Instructors in other first-year courses—such as contracts, criminal, property, and constitutional law—will include Indigenous legal principles in the curriculum. Students will have the choice in their second year of continuing in the Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions option to further their specialization in Indigenous law. To facilitate the new program and assist with further implementation of the calls to action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, uOttawa has created the position of Indigenous Affairs Coordinator.