Lakehead students criticize change to Aboriginal law course

February 25, 2013

Some Lakehead University students claim that changing a course at the new law school thins out the Aboriginal studies component -- a claim Lakehead refutes. The initial plan was for law students to take a full-credit class on world views from the perspective of Aboriginal people, but Lakehead's senate has replaced it with a half-credit law course on how those views fit in the legal system. For one student, the change "effectively takes the course from being one which focuses on the law from the perspective of aboriginal peoples to being a course which focuses on aboriginal peoples from the perspective of the law." The law dean denies that the focus of the course is now much more narrow. "What I want to do is ensure that indigenous studies, aboriginal issues, are front and foremost in terms of our program, and I think that's achieved by making it a law course." The student says he feels Lakehead tried to keep the change quiet and that his group will take its concerns to Lakehead president Brian Stevenson. CBC