Picture above from the 2015 Indigenous Awareness Camp, at Granite Falls
ALLARD SCHOOL OF LAW INDIGENOUS AWARENESS CAMP
In the fall of 2014, the Faculty held the inaugural Indigenous Awareness Camp. The camp is open to all first year law students at the Allard School of Law. It provides an opportunity for first year law students to spend a weekend in the Musqueam community learning about Coast Salish culture from Musqueam elders and canoeing with representatives from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation up the Indian Arm. The Faculty’s intent is for the camp to become an integral part of welcoming first year law students to the program and bringing to them an understanding of indigenous legal perspectives and indigenous culture. Finally, the camp offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships between and amongst new classmates, ensuring close contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The benefits that participants will receive from this experience can be best summed up by a current law student who had an opportunity to participate in program:
“After taking Aboriginal Law in my first year of law school I made it a personal goal to learn more about the history and culture of Indigenous people in Canada in general and B.C. in particular. To that end, participating in the Indigenous Awareness Camp provided an amazing opportunity to go beyond just reading about local Indigenous peoples. I found the Camp to be an excellent opportunity to bond with other law students and faculty. I would highly recommend this Camp to all law students.”
KEGAN PEPPER-SMITH, 2L
INDIGENOUS AWARENESS WEEK
As host, the Faculty organized an Aboriginal Awareness Week that brought together students, scholars and legal practitioners to raise awareness and engage in dialogue around legal issues that impact Canada’s Aboriginal communities. The Faculty hosted a week-long Speaker Series focused on BC Treaty Process. The Series featured speakers such as Chief Kim Baird of the Tsawwassen First Nation and British Columbia Treaty Commissioner Robert Phillips, who presented a variety of perspectives on the Treaty Process. From the panelists, students were able to gain a better understanding of the impact of the Treaty Process on Aboriginal communities. The Indigenous Legal Studies Program and the Indigenous Law Students Association continue this work with annual Indigenous Awareness Week held each year in February.
THE INQUIRY EXHIBITION
From October 29 to November 13, 2012, the Faculty hosted The Inquiry exhibition in the Franklin Lew Forum. The exhibition told the story of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, which was held in the Northwest Territories in the early 1970s. The inquiry is important in BC’s history for the voice it gave to Aboriginal people whose traditional territory would have been affected by the pipeline. Hanging above the exhibition are beaver stretchers with twenty historical images shot by Allard School of Law Professor Emeritus Michael Jackson, who organized community hearings during the inquiry. Since 2016, the Exhibition is available as an interactive resource for the UBC community and the general public, and highlights the importance of ILSP events and initiatives.