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Anonymous person donates $1 million to support uOttawa Indigenous law students

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 12:32 PM | By John Chunn

Indigenous learners in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) will have access to $1 million in scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding thanks to the support of an anonymous donor.

According to the university’s press release, the gift will be used to support Indigenous learners in various ways: Most of the funding will be devoted toward three-year entrance scholarships, and some of the funding will be made available as bursaries for upper-year Indigenous learners.

“This inspiring gift will enable our faculty to provide much needed financial support to our Indigenous learners,” said Adam Dodek, dean of the Faculty of Law. “It will also complement other programs that we have put in place for this community.”

One of the programs that the Faculty of Law created is called All My Relations Emergency Fund, which takes its name from a common expression in many Indigenous communities. It represents a critical aspect of Indigenous worldview: that we are all interconnected and that we exist in relation to one another. The All My Relations Emergency Fund will provide emergency access to financial support for Indigenous learners in crisis.

“It pleases my heart to hear of this kindness bestowed upon the Faculty of Law for Indigenous students,” added Claudette Commanda, the Law School’s elder-in-residence. “It is very encouraging in the sense that when potential new students will be made aware of this support it will encourage First Nations people to apply to the law school. It is my vision to see more First Nations people coming to the University of Ottawa.”