Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 28: Justice (25-42)

Université Laval Faculty of Law

March 19, 2024

Founded in 1852, Université Laval’s Faculty of Law is proud to contribute to the advancement and transmission of knowledge through its innovative teaching and research activities. Committed to the promotion of social justice and sustainable development, we participate in the major social debates that challenge the law.

Faculty of Law Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

Strategic directions


Strengthen basic and methodological skills, offer teaching that embraces the changing legal environment and emerging fields, including implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; stimulate international mobility.


Carry out concrete actions in response to societal problems, such as access to justice, environmental protection and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Call to Action # 28

We call upon law schools in Canada to require all law students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and antiracism.

Mandatory Course: Yes (1)

DRT-1013 Aboriginal Traditions and Legal Issues

First Peoples: context and situation in Quebec. Languages and cultures. History of relations with the State: overview of major treaties, inherent rights and current legal framework. Introduction to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Presentation of issues relating to interactions between state law and indigenous normativities. Relationship to territory in indigenous traditions and land ownership in civil law. Introduction to some contemporary issues, including identity and belonging, conditions of indigenous women and children, access to justice, housing and public services.

Aboriginal Traditions and Legal Issues | Courses (

Section 1 “First Peoples

Part 2 “State legal frameworks

Part 3 ” Territories, normativities and inter-traditional interactions “.

Section 4 ” Contemporary issues and social justice “.

Faculty of Law Commitment to Call to Action # 28: 5 out of 5 = 100%

1The history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools
Yes. DRT-1013
2The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Yes. DRT-1013
3Treaties and Aboriginal rights
Yes. DRT-1013
4Indigenous law
Yes. DRT-1013
5Aboriginal–Crown Relations
Yes. DRT-1013

Land Acknowledgement

Found on the En action avec les Premiers Peuples section of the website.

In a spirit of friendship and solidarity, Université Laval pays tribute to the First Peoples of these lands. At the crossroads of the Nionwentsïo of the Huron-Wendat people, the Ndakina of the Wabanaki people, the Nitassinan of the Innu people, the Nitaskinan of the Atikamekw people and the Wolastokuk of the Wolastoqey people, we honor our relationships with one another.

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Managing Editor: Douglas Sinclair, Publisher, Indigenous Watchdog
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