Events and Speakers

Events and Speakers 2017-2018


Date and Time


Indian Residential Schools


Lynda Hamoline, B.S.W.

Outreach Officer
Coordinated Community Liaison Unit
Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
Meeting for the 1Ls.
1.5 hour Aboriginal Perspectives.  

 Monday January 30, 2016 

12:00 - 1:30

 ILSA Room

PACI Building


 Past Events

We have brought in a wide variety of speakers in relation to Aboriginal issues. 

Winter Feast Potluck

Our Indigenous Law Students' Association (ILSA) also organized a Winter Feast. The potluck for all students, staff and honoured guests showed a real coming together of our community at the law school.

Adam Fiddler

After lunch, Adam Fiddler, a first-year law student who was formerly Chief of Sandy Lake First Nation told us some stories of how his community celebrates Christmas and other times when feasts occur. "Fiddler's Fables" was a great time of learning from Adam about his community with a culture that is quite unique.

Food collected

This winter feast is a tradition we look forward to carrying on each year (and probably a Fall Feast each year as well!).

The ILSA also collected food for a local women's shelter - and rather than collecting canned items, we were encouraged to bring fresh food. The photo on the left shows just some of the food collected.



Speakers related to Aboriginal issues - 2013-14


March 17, 2014

Michelle Derosier

Thunderstone Pictures

"Return to Manomin" - a film about an Aboriginal family returning to their traditional wild rice gathering practices

March 3, 2014

Michelle Derosiers

Thunderstone Pictures

Parts 4 & 5 of "Walk a Mile" film & discussion on the issues raised about Aboriginal issues and racial understanding in Thunder Bay

February 24, 2014

Michelle Derosiers

Thunderstone Pictures

Presentation of "Walk a Mile" film (Parts 1, 2 & 3) & discussion on the issues raised about Aboriginal issues and understanding in Thunder Bay

November 25, 2013

Panel Speakers:

Catherine Beamish, Beamish & Associates - Sioux Lookout

Tom Morris - President/CEO of Wasaya Airways, Wasaya Group

Ernest Beck - Executive Director of Tikinagan Child and Family Services

"In the trenches" - practicing law for First Nation clients, especially in rural and remote communities.

Panel discussion with a question period thereafter.

November 20, 2013

NAN Justice Summit

We covered the registration for 26 of our students to attend the NAN Justice Summit, including hearing the keynote speaker, John McCamus, Chair of Legal Aid Ontario

November 19, 2013

The Honourable Frank Iaccobucci
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries: Report of the Review conducted by the Honourable Frank Iaccobucci

full copy of report available in pdf here

November 4, 2013

Sam A
Residential School survivor

Sharing his story - surviving residential school, the impact on family and the process of healing
October 28, 2013
Michelle Derosier
Thunderstone Pictures
A discussion panel of residential school generational impact
October 23, 2013
Justice Murray Sinclair
Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

October 21, 2013

Evelyn Baxter
Adjudicator in the Independent Assessment Process for Indian Residential Schools Canada hearings
Claims Adjudication and the impact of Residential Schools
October 9, 2013
Professor Eric Adams
University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
Ghosts in Court: How History Shapes Modern Aboriginal Rights

September 9, 2013

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
VP Aboriginal Initiatives, Lakehead University
Spoke on the current realities for Aboriginal Peoples and the need for action

September 9, 2013

Celina Reitburger
Executive Director of NAN Legal Services

What work the NAN Legal Services does and opportunities for students to be involved