The CHRLP is based on land which long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.
Through its research, clinical education, and public engagement initiatives, the CHRLP continue to foster a space for dialogue and reconciliation. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action. The CHRLP is responding to Call to Action 28 through its research, scholarship and education initiatives on the subject of Indigenous people and the law.
Members and graduate students at the Centre currently working on Indigenous legal traditions and governance include:
- Kirsten Anker, « Intendance Environmentale Autochtone et Développement Alternatif ».
- Ronald Niezen, “Expectations, Truth and Reconciliation in a Democratic Welfare State: The Indigenous Sami and the Kven/Norwegian Finns Minority in Norway”.
- René Provost, “Unreserved Justice: The Administration of Justice by Indigenous Communities”.
- Luisa Castaneda Quintana, "Dialogues on Indigenous Peoples' Territories: stories of resilience".
Each year, the Centre organizes human rights internships at Indigenous-led organizations and Indigenous government departments. Internship placements vary each year. To see which internships are currently available, please visit our Current Internships page. In previous years, internships have been offered at Indigenous governments/organizations such as the following:
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services - Iqaluit, Nunavut
- Justice Department at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne - Ontario/Quebec/NY border
- Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre of Canada - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Justice and Correctional Services of the Cree Nation Government - Waswanipi, Québec
- Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos - Lima, Peru
- Métis Nation-Saskatchewan – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The Centre often organizes events related to Indigenous legal traditions, rights, and justice. To learn more about upcoming and past events on these topics, please visit our Events and Past Events pages.