Violence as teacher and mentor


Pavillon Chancellor-Day Salle du Tribunal-école Maxwell-Cohen (NCDH 100), 3644, rue Peel, Montréal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Dans le cadre des Conférences commémoratives Patricia Allen, la Faculté de droit accueille la professeure Marilyn Poitras pour une conférence sur les femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées au Canada.


[En anglais seulement] What are we learning from the heterosexual, transgendered and two-spirited women and girls sacrificed in violence within our communities? Hearing about the loss of a community member to violence may bring us all to a sobering second thought, may change the dynamic of our family, our community, or our very personhood. This kind of loss is cause to look over your shoulder, lock your door, pull your sweater a little tighter around you, your family a little closer, may push you to numbness, or to live on the edge a little further. It may find you challenging life itself to come out and take you on. We all try to make sense of violence and then try to continue on with our lives. How? What do we learn though this loss? What might we learn? How can we honour the feminine?

La conférencière

[En anglais seulement] Marilyn Poitras is Michif Irish from the prairies and has taught at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, since 2009. She is a student of Indigenous legal traditions and has worked on ancestral domain or Indigenous land issues for all of her career. She works and teaches with Elders across the country. Her legal expertise reaches into constitutional and Aboriginal law as well as negotiation on Indigenous land issues both in Canada and the Philippines.

Marilyn received her law degree is from the University of Saskatchewan and her masters in law from Harvard Law School. She has worked with many traditional teachers, Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Michif and Inuit within Canada.  She works within community to create discuss and design opportunities for Indigenous participation in the Canadian politic, in rural and urban issues and on inclusion of Indigenous voice, philosophy and laws in as many places as possible. In 2017, she stepped down as a Commissioner to the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls created by the Canadian government in 2016.

Conférence commémorative Patricia Allen

Créée en 1992 par la promotion de 1988 à la mémoire de leur camarade de classe Patricia Allen, une diplômée de la Faculté qui fut tragiquement assassinée, la Conférence commémorative Patricia Allen est consacrée à la sensibilisation et à l'éducation de la communauté juridique et de la population aux problèmes sociaux et juridiques urgents, particulièrement la violence faite aux femmes. Ces conférences font partie du cycle des Ateliers Annie Macdonald Langstaff.

Une demande d'accréditation pour 1,5 heures de formation continue obligatoire pour juriistes a été déposée auprès d'un formateur reconnu.