Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

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Kawaskimhon logo (purple turtle)The Faculty of Law at McGill University was proud to host the 24th Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot, on March 2-4, 2018. Thank you to all our participants.

The Kawaskimhon Moot was first held at the University of Toronto in 1994, and welcomes students from nearly every law faculty across Canada each year. Kawaskimhon – a word of Cree origin roughly translated to “speaking with knowledge” – is a consensus-based, non-adversarial moot that incorporates Indigenous legal traditions alongside federal, provincial and international law. There are no winners or losers. Instead, mooters participate in roundtable negotiations on a particular topic in Indigenous law, representing their assigned party. 

The 25th Kawaskimhon National Moot took place on March 1-3, 2019, at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Focus online, April 2018
Kawaskimon Moot: Indigenous lessons in negotiation and consensus building

In Focus online, McGill Law's electronic magazine, Professor Kirsten Anker looks back at the 2018 Kawaskimhon moot.

"How can we learn about Indigenous legal traditions in a law school setting? What skills do lawyers practicing in Aboriginal law or working across cultures need to develop? What does reconciliation look like? The Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Law Moot, an annual non-competitive moot based on negotiation, first held at the University of Toronto in 1994 and hosted this March at McGill’s Faculty of Law, has some of the answers." Keep reading....


Our sponsors:

We wish to express our gratitude to our lead sponsor, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, as well as to Hutchins Legal, and the Barreau du Québec.

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Hutchins Legal Barristers and Solicitors

Barrea du Québec

Dionne Schulze S.E.N.C. avocats

O'Reilley et Associés Avocats


The 2018 Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot took place at McGill’s Faculty of Law in Montreal, land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we will meet.


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