Indigenous Human Rights Initiatives

On this page:  Land Acknowledgement | Research & Scholarship | Human Rights Internships | Events

Land Acknowledgement

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.

Research & Scholarship

Members and graduate students at the Centre currently working on Indigenous legal traditions and governance include:

Current Projects

  • 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".

Human Rights Internships

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:


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.

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