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University of Windsor launches Indigenous legal orders institute

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:15 PM | By John Chunn


Windsor Law launched an Indigenous Legal Orders Institute (ILOI) on Nov. 1.

According to the university’s press release, the institute aims to promote and assist Indigenous peoples with the revitalization and dissemination of their respective Indigenous legal orders through relationship building, collaboration and redevelopment using Indigenous and other creative research methods.

The institute is directed by professor Valarie Waboose; team members include professors Beverly Jacobs and Sylvia McAdam, Indigenous legal studies co-ordinator Michelle Nahdee and student research assistants Meghan Chant and Lyann Ordenes. The institute’s logo, designed by Mohawk artist Patrick Sandy, is representative of the medicine wheel, the Two Row Wampum, Turtle Island and the water.

“Windsor Law has strived to respond meaningfully to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in recent years,” said dean Christopher Waters. “Among other things, we have placed Indigenous Legal Orders at the heart of what we do in our first-year program and we have instituted an elder-in-residence program.

“Under the leadership of Dr. Waboose, the ILOI will take our programming to the next level. It will showcase the incredible research and teaching going on in the faculty, the university and in our partner First Nations.”