Announcements and events

John Borrows wins national Killam Prize
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the 2017 Killam Prize in Social Sciences to John Borrows during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on May 30, 2017. Photo: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, OSGG

Professor Deborah Curran receives SSHRC PEG COVID 19 Special Initiative Grant

Professor Deborah Curran, executive director of the Environmental Law Centre, is a collaborator on a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant – COVID 19 Special Initiative - awarded to Professors Van Wagner (York U) and Flynn (UBC). With the academic team comprises most of the municipal law scholars in Canada, they are working with community partners The Shift and others to develop an implementation strategy for the: National Protocol on Homeless Encampments in Canada: A Human Rights Approach.

National Centre for Indigenous Laws to become a reality

The Province of BC announced a $13 million contribution on Sept. 3 to support the building of a National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL) at the University of Victoria. This funding is in addition to $5 million from the Law Foundation of British Columbia, announced the same day, and $9.1 million from the federal government, committed in 2019.

Q & A with John Borrows - recipient of Governor General's Innovation Award

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria and a recipient of the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, talks about how Indigenous laws and governance systems are helping to protect First Nations during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are providing a way forward for a healthier and an economically stronger future. Read a Q & A with Dr. Borrows on how Indigenous laws and protocols are protecting First Nations communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement from Canadian Law Deans on anti-Black Racism

Members of the Council of Canadian Law Deans stand in solidarity with all who mourn and have denounced examples of systemic racism in Canadian and other societies, and, in particular, violence perpetrated against racialized people in Canada. We recognize and acknowledge the pain and anguish experienced by many of our racialized students, staff and faculty, and we are grateful for the leadership of BLSA chapters across the country.

Video: John Borrows on the Wet'suwet'en and the Costal Gaslink Pipeline

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, discusses controversies surrounding the Coastal GasLink Pipeline case as it related to Canadian law. After briefly introducing Wet'suwet'en political organization, he examines British Columbia legal history. He then contextualizes the case through considering issues of Wet'suwet'en title, Wet'suwet'en jurisdiction, Wet'suwet'en law, and the need for internal dispute resolution and intersocietal frameworks for creating better relationships with the Crown. The role of injunctions and civil disobedience in dealing with Indigenous legal issues is also considered.

Indigenous Law: Today and Tomorrow

The UVic Faculty of Law presents: Indigenous Law: Today and Tomorrow with John Borrows and Val Napoleon 7:30 p.m. Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria. Join Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, Indigenous leaders, community members, and scholars to mark this historic moment as we celebrate the launch of the world’s first Indigenous law degree. Dr. Borrows will explore Salish Law and Land: Lessons Learned and Dr. Napoleon will look at the future of Indigenous Law: Fast Forward. This free public lecture has reserved seating.

Sept 15: Law Class of '93 - 25th Reunion Weekend

Join us in celebrating the Law Class of '93! This reunion will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with fellow grads! Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 pm: Meet and greet with classmates and former professors in the Fraser Building 6:00 pm: Dinner & Dance at the University Club Cost: $125 per person (includes catering, gratuity and taxes) Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00 am: Golf (optional, not included in above price) at Cordova Bay Golf Course If you have any questions, please contact Liz Eby, Law Alumni Relations Officer at lawalum@uvic.ca or 250-853-3518.

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Digital Signage Notice Standards:

  1. The event, program or service being promoted in the notice must be one that is sponsored by the University, the Faculty of Law or a UVic recognized student organization or group.
  2. The subject matter of the notice should be relevant to the broad audience who will view this signage in the Fraser Building.
  3. The notice should be clean, simple and attractive, with a maximum 30 words of text.  Viewers will only have a few seconds to view your information so the goal is to have them follow up on your messaging.
  4. Please include the date the notice can be removed from the display. Unless the notice is for an ongoing program, it will be displayed for a maximum duration of one month.
  5. Signed photo releases must be obtained from any individuals who are identifiable in an image used in a notice.  Stock photos are not permitted. - Photo Release Form  (For additional information on photo standards, please expand the accordion at the bottom of this tab)
  6. The notice should not include any commercial content that could be construed as third party advertising.
  7. All notices are subject to review and approval.

Digital Signage Notice Submission Instructions:

The notice must be:

  • One page long
  • Submitted to careerof@uvic.ca at least one week before the desired start date
  • Submitted as a JPEG using one of the methods below:
  1. Use one of the following PowerPoint templates provided:

New templates available here: https://www.uvic.ca/digitalsignage/templates.php

To save a PowerPoint 2010 slide as a JPEG (using a PC):

      • Under the File tab, click save as
      • Under the 'File name:' text box, name your notice using the following file naming convention: Expiration date - Descriptor - Law; where Expiration Date is the end date of your notice. The date must be written as: YYYY MM DD
      • Under the 'Save as type:' text box, use the drop down arrow to select 'JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
      • Click the Save button
      • You will see a pop-up box that says: "Do you want to export every slide in the presentation or only the current slide?" Click Current Slide Only. This option is selected as your notice may only be one slide in length.
      • Attach your newly created jpeg file in an email to: careerof@uvic.ca 

To save a PowerPoint 2010 slide as a JPEG (using a MAC):

      • Click File, save as
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      • Under the 'Save as type:' text box, use the drop down arrow to select 'JPEG'
      • Under the 'Options:' text box, enter the width of the image as 1920 px, and the height as 1080 px
      • Click the Save button
      • Attach your newly created jpeg file in an email to: careerof@uvic.ca

      2.  Create your own JPEG:

  • All slide content must be created to the dimensions of 1920x1080 pixels (or 1280x720), have a resolution of 300ppi (pixels per square inch) and be provided as JPEG files.

Please be aware that if the notice has spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or inappropriate content, the notice will be returned to the sender. The sender will need to make the necessary changes and re-submit the notice before it is posted on the digital display.

For additional information on digital signage design standards, please see this resource created by the University of Victoria Communications and Marketing department

Photo Standards

  1. Stock photos taken from the Internet (google image, company and university websites etc.) should be avoided.
  2. If you ask a student to provide you with a photo, you must ensure that they themselves have taken the photo or that they have permission from a third party to use the photo (i.e. if a friend took it). Written permission via email is sufficient.
  3. If you would like to use a photo of a partner university, it is best to reach out to your contact at that university and gain their express permission or ask who within the university is best to chat with. Often times, they will send you a high resolution jpeg file of the logo which is preferable.
  4. If you would like to use the logo of a law firm, you have to get in touch with the firm to ask permission.
  5. Any individuals who are identifiable in the photo must sign a photo release form. The only exception is if the photo was taken at a public event where it was reasonable for the student to assume that photos would be taken.