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University of Saskatchewan’s Nunavut Law Program gets $341K in federal funds

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM | By John Chunn

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti on July 29 announced funding for the University of Saskatchewan Nunavut Law Program at the Nunavut Arctic College, a legal education program designed to increase the number of practising lawyers in Nunavut and to improve access to justice for Nunavummiut.

According to Justice Canada’s press release, the program is a partnership between Nunavut Arctic College and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. In September 2019, the first cohort of students will be entering the third year of the four-year program. The government of Canada will provide the University of Saskatchewan with $341,600 through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program over the next two years. ‎

Funding from the federal government will enable students to engage in experiential learning opportunities in legal advocacy and will establish a legal clinic in Iqaluit where they can gain hands-on law practice experience. The program will also provide guest lecturers on Arctic, Inuit and Circumpolar issues and will hold programming on cultural skills, Inuktitut legal terminology and traditional law lectures to reflect the needs and priorities of Nunavut.

“It is an honour to support such a critical program that is working to meet the demand for lawyers in Nunavut. This initiative is an important part of the government’s commitment to see Nunavummiut better reflected in positions of leadership, including in our justice system. Our investment in this program, and our support for revitalizing Indigenous legal systems, is an investment in Nunavut’s future,” said Lametti.

Stephen Mansell, director of the Nunavut Law Program at the University of Saskatchewan said: “This funding will help us provide our students with new opportunities to engage actively with the legal profession, obtain hands-on practical skills and their knowledge of Inuit Traditional Law. I am very glad the government of Canada recognizes the important role that the Nunavut Law Program will play in building the legal profession in our territory. ”

“Thanks to the funding announced today ... the Law Program will make a real difference in preparing our graduates with practical experiences. I am so pleased this program is receiving the support it needs to enhance the opportunities available for our students,” said Martin Phillipson, College of Law dean, University of Saskatchewan.