National Centre for Indigenous Laws

For more than a decade, Indigenous legal scholars, First Nations and the founders of the world’s-first Indigenous law degree program at the University of Victoria have worked to realize a National Centre for Indigenous Laws.

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Lawyers and students work together at the Law Centre

Impact & Advocacy: 45+ years of the Law Centre

The Law Centre offers a robust student clinical law program serving the needs of vulnerable clients in the community, and is a national model of excellence in hands-on legal education.

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$1.2 million grant to Indigenous Law Research Unit

New Indigenous law workshops and educational offerings, in-person and in-community as well as online, articling positions for Indigenous law students, an immersive model of community-based Indigenous legal education and much more will be made possible by major, multi-year funding from the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

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New book addresses Indigenous over-incarceration

Dr. David Milward’s new book, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice: A Search for Ways Forward, addresses the crisis of Indigenous over-incarceration in Canada’s criminal justice system

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Convocation hood design honours Coast Salish culture

Designed by Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas, the new hood symbolises legal transformation and will be worn by JD/JID graduates.

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Celebrating the first cohort of the JD/JID program

Four years ago, UVic launched the world’s first law degree to combine the study of Indigenous and non-Indigenous laws. This spring, students in the inaugural class of this historic program are preparing to cross the stage to receive their degrees.

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Rendering of the back of the National Centre for Indigenous Laws as seen from the woods.

The National Centre for Indigenous Laws

Celebrating the vision and construction of the National Centre for Indigenous Laws.

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Law in action

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.

Our school has the largest number of clinical placements per student in the country, strengths across a wide range of disciplines, long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities and a deeply-held ethic of social contribution.

Located on the stunning Pacific Rim, UVic Law is rich with Indigenous and international perspectives. Our small size, collegial atmosphere, student support programs and incredible faculty attract a community of diverse, engaged and passionate students determined to make an impact.

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Territory and acknowledgements

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We invite you to read more about our Indigenous Initiatives