Programs and support for Indigenous students

Indigenous Law Students Association Graduation Ceremony 2015
Indigenous Law Students Association Graduation Ceremony

Amicus Program

The Amicus Program offers academic, cultural, personal and accommodation support. The cultural support coordinator works with individual students and the Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) to support and mentor Indigenous students.

Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA)

ILSA members organize social events, arrange guest speakers and support each other. You can reach them at

First Peoples House

First Peoples House is an academic and cultural centre for Indigenous students at UVic. It houses services such as the Elders’ Voices and LE,NONET programs, as well as the Ceremonial Hall and the Indigenous counselling office.

Indigenous Perspectives Camp

A UVic Law tradition since 1996, this event is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and offers an opportunity to learn about the values, customs and beliefs of First Nations on Vancouver Island. Participants spend a weekend with a First Nations community at the start of the school year.

Find out more about this fantastic weekend by visiting the University of Victoria Law Students' Society website.

Law Centre and Environmental Law Centre Clinics

The Law Centre helps hundreds of Indigenous clients annually, it also operates a First Nations and Métis outreach program.

The Environmental Law Centre clinical program handles up to 60 cases annually, about one-third of which involve Indigenous communities.

Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

In Cree, "Kawaskimhon" means speaking with knowledge about what is right. Each year a team of UVic Law students participate in this national, non-adversarial moot designed to incorporate Indigenous values and concepts of dispute resolution.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are a number of entrance scholarships for Indigenous students and our financial aid program offers bursaries and grants to meet your financial needs.

Admission as an Indigenous Applicant

We believe that the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in the legal profession should increase substantially. You can find the eligibility requirements for students applying in the Indigenous admissions category here. Feel free to contact our with any questions or to arrange a tour.