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Painting by Dr. Val Napoleon

A new home for Indigenous legal resurgence

The new National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL) at UVic will be a place to share Indigenous legal traditions. It will also be home to the Faculty of Law’s JD/JID program - the first law program in the world to combine the study of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous laws.

Rendering of the National Centre for Indigenous Laws.

Construction of the NCIL is underway

Learn more about the architectural design and construction timelines for the National Centre for Indigenous Laws at UVic.

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

JID student Colby Lizotte addresses the group of Elders, scholars, national and provincial leaders gathered at UVic for the launch of the new Indigenous law program

About the JD/JID program

The joint degree program in Canadian Common Law (JD) and Indigenous Legal Orders (JID) is the first program of its kind in the world, combining intensive study of Canadian Common Law with intensive engagement with Indigenous laws.

UVic Law is one of Canada's leading law schools, known for the strength of our academic program, approach to experiential learning and our commitment to community engagement and social justice.

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Open Indigenous law centre becomes a reality

Indigenous law centre becomes a reality

The National Centre for Indigenous Laws was made a reality at UVic with $13 million from the BC government, $9.1 million from the federal government and $5 million from the Law Foundation of BC.

Open Indigenous law program launched

Indigenous law program launched

In an emotional ceremony on Sept. 25 to launch the world’s first Indigenous law program, Elders, national and provincial leaders, scholars and others from the UVic community gathered in First Peoples...

Open World's first Indigenous law degree

World's first Indigenous law degree

A new law program at UVic is the world's first to combine the intensive study of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous law, enabling people to work fluently across the two realms. Students will graduate...