UVic to build National Centre for Indigenous Laws

September 9, 2020
The University of Victoria has received $13M from the Province of British Columbia and $5M from the Law Foundation of BC to build Canada’s first National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL). UVic President Jamie Cassels says that the NCIL “will be home to the first Indigenous law program in the world to combine the intensive study of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous law, and will help Canada build a new nation-to-nation relationship based on the recognition–and renaissance–of Indigenous legal traditions.” UVic states that the building will meet the highest environmental standards and will use Coast Salish designs, signage, and public art. Indigenous law program co-founder and director Val Napoleon explained that the building “represents a sanctuary where our laws, which enable us to be peoples, will be safe, and where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students will learn about those laws, creating the foundation to a multi-juridical Canada.” UVic | CBC | Times Colonist (BC)