Indigenous Course Requirements: A Liberal Democratic Justification


Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

As law schools move to implement the call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to include the teaching of Indigenous legal traditions within their curricula, difficult questions arise of both a practical and theoretical nature about how to proceed. Professor Mark Walters invites you to a presentation by three people who have thought deeply about these issues.

Marc Kruse (J.D. U of Manitoba) is a Winnipeg lawyer and a member of Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan. He teaches courses on Indigenous Peoples and the Law at the University of Winnipeg and his research interests include the relationship between philosophical ethics, political philosophy, and law.

Nicolas Tanchuk is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Columbia University. Nick’s dissertation defends an egalitarian account of social justice grounded in the value of learning. Nick is the co-founder of a Summer Indigenous Math Leadership program at the University of Winnipeg and has over a decade of experience working on grassroots social justice projects in a variety of roles.

Professor Kevin McDonough teaches in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University. He writes about issues of diversity and education from a philosophical perspective, in particular on questions about educational policy that arise in relation to democratic citizenship, cosmopolitanism, cultural identity, nationalism, sexuality, cognitive disability and religion.

Please join us for what will be a fascinating discussion.