Actions and Commitments

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

University of Saskatchewan College of Law

February 5, 2024

Established in 1912, the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan is the oldest law school in Western Canada, exemplifying a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and innovation. With a strong history in Indigenous legal education, developing strength in dispute resolution and access to justice, and leading emerging scholars in the fields of constitutional law, health law, criminal law and commercial law, the college also offers a highly-regarded mooting program, joint degree programs and global exchange opportunities.

Faculty of Law Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

Nothing explicitly stated on the Faculty of Law website

Office of the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the University designs and manages the campus-wide University response to Truth and Reconciliation.

“We work within and outside the university to meet the unique needs of Indigenous students, staff, faculty and communities and uplift Indigenization by advancing initiatives and strategies that promotes Indigenous Knowledges and supports reconciliation and decolonization.

wāpa kih ôtēh nīkāhn

Tomorrow in the making, looking forward to tomorrow.

With and by Indigenous peoples and communities, the University of Saskatchewan will be recognized as the leader of Indigenization, Reconciliation and decolonization. Indigenous knowledges and wisdoms will be valued and positioned in a place of respectful prominence.

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 AboriginalCrown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and antiracism.

Mandatory Course: Yes

Law 232.3: Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right: 3 Credits, 1 term

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 anti-racism.

In addition, all upper year students (2L and 3L) are also required to complete one of the elective courses from an Indigenous/Aboriginal Law “Basket” as part of their mandatory Program Requirements.

Following is a list of electives for the 2023/2024 academic year:

TermClassClass Title
202301LAW232Kwayeskastasowin
202301LAW308Global Indigenous Rights
202301LAW341First Nations Econ Dev
202301LAW443Indig Peoples & Crim Process
202301LAW447Aboriginal Rights Moot
202301LAW498Indigenous Nation Building
202305LAW232Kwayeskastasowin
202307LAW232Kwayeskastasowin
202309LAW308Global Indigenous Rights
202309LAW498Race and the Law
202309LAW498Colonialism
202401LAW232Kwayeskastasowin
202401LAW341First Nations Econ Dev
 Call to Action # 28: Compliance with mandatory Indigenous course content
1The history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools
Yes. Covered in the mandatory course, Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right
2The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Yes. Covered in the mandatory course, Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right
3Treaties and Aboriginal rights
Yes. Covered in the mandatory course, Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right
4Indigenous law
Yes. Covered in the mandatory course, Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right
5Aboriginal–Crown Relations
Yes. Covered in the mandatory course, Kwayeskastasowi – Setting Things Right

Land Acknowledgement:

 Located on Faculty of Law Home Page and the University of Saskatchewan Home Page

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.