UVic Law Receives Grant to Produce Online Series in Indigenous Law

The Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) at UVic’s Faculty of Law has received $50,000 from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to share resources about Indigenous law in a unique and accessible way through an online series of video clips, written web content and downloadable resources.

The funds will be used to create a series of engaging educational resources on a new website and an “Indigenous Law Video on Demand” YouTube Channel. The series will focus on gender, citizenry building, conflict, and responses to violence and vulnerability.

Earlier this year, CIRA launched a Community Investment Program (CIP) to provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits and academic institutions.

“The CIRA grant will enable important public legal education on the ground-breaking work of the ILRU,” says Director of the ILRU, Dr. Val Napoleon.

The ILRU partners with communities to investigate questions pertaining to Indigenous law and produces cutting-edge legal resources for communities, academic institutions and practitioners.

The unit is one of only 28 organizations to receive funding from the first edition of the CIP, from among 149 applicants.

Dr. Emily Snyder, a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow who will be taking the lead on the project says, “We look forward to the opportunity to create resources about Indigenous law that utilize popular web-based platforms.”  

The videos and accompanying information will be geared for use in post-secondary institutions, the general public and Indigenous communities.

CIRA manages the .CA domain and has a mandate to carry out activities that support the Internet in Canada.

“The enthusiastic response we saw from applicants across the country is evidence of CIRA’s long-standing conviction that the Internet has become a critical daily tool in the lives of all Canadians,” said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. “Our selection committee faced a difficult task to review and choose from among 149 applications, representing just under $8 million in requests. I want to personally congratulate the UVic Indigenous Law Research Unit as one of our first funding recipients.”

To learn more about the ILRU or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Renée McBeth
Indigenous Law Research Unit Coordinator
(250) 721-8914

To learn more about the CIP and to arrange interviews with CIRA, please contact:

Tanya O’Callaghan
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262