Law Events

Indigenous Bar Association 27th Annual Fall Conference – October 15-17, 2015

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UBC ILSA is proud to support the 25th Annual Women’s Memorial March – February 14th 2015

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UBC ILSA Proudly Presents Indigenous Awareness Week – February 3rd – February 6th 2015

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UBC ILSP partners to present: First Nations’ Rights: The Gap Between Law and Practice “Justice for Children”


UBC Law Indigenous Awareness Camp 2014


Indigenous Bar Association Conference – October 2-4th 2014




Sisters in Spirit Vigil – October 1st, 2014


ILSA 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament – March 21, 2014


Indigenous Awareness Week – February 4-7, 2014


Indigenous Bar Association Conference – October 7-9, 2013


Sisters and Spirit Vigil – October 4, 2013


Gladue Growing Pains: Racial Sentencing Discounts or Emancipation from Racial Sentencing? – March 20, 2013

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UBC Kawashkimhon Moot Team 2013

ILSA would like to wish Aaron Wilson, Joanne Barnum, Claire Anderson and Paul Reid – and traveling advisor Dana-Lyn who will be this years UBC Kawashkimhon moot team the best of luck as they travel to London Ontario this week and represent UBC at this years event.

“Kawaskimhon” means “speaking with knowledge.”  Something we know our team will have plenty of.

The national aboriginal law moot may or may not involve traditional appellate mooting; however, it usually involves presentation of a 20 minute argument, based on a prepared position paper, and consensus building. The moot may involve the use of a talking circle or other indigenous processes to resolve the legal issues that arise from the selected topic.  The host school decides the moot format.

From everyone on the executive we wish them well on their journey.

Indigenous Law as a Solution to Resource Conflict in Treaty 8 – a talk by Caleb Behn – February 2013

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Ideas and Innovative Solutions for the Future: A “TED Talk” style discussion of INM – February 2013

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Berger Exibition – November 2012

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Panel Discussion – October 2012

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Speaker Series – March 2012

2012 Aboriginal Awareness Week

February 27th to March 2nd is Aboriginal Awareness Week at Allard Hall. The Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) and the Law Students Society (LSS) extend a warm invitation to participate in the following events: 

Monday, February 27th
The week kicks off with ILSAs Executive presenting the 1st Annual Courage in Law Award to Faculty, as a whole, at 12:30pm in the Forum. The award is being given to the Faculty as a whole in recognition of the leadership that it has taken with respect to Aboriginal legal education in Canada, pioneering the first Aboriginal law course and introducing a specialized module on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights as part of the first year Constitutional Law course. A light lunch will be served. 

Tuesday, February 28th 
1.    An official AAW opening ceremony will commence at noon in the Forum. Dakota drummer, Darcey Demas and his dancers will provide entertainment while the annual ILSA/Fasken Martineau BBQ kicks off in front of the exit nearest the Forum; come fill your ears with great drumming, your eyes with exciting dancing and your tummy with a burger (meat veggie) or smokies and ALL the fixings! Lawyers from Fasken will be present to dole out the dogs and provide summary advice on best barbecuing practice! 

2.    At 1pm in the Forum, speaker Grand Chief Ed John, the current North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, will provide an exciting presentation regarding his 30 years of legal advocacy in politics, business and community development in pursuit of social and economic justice for Canadas Indigenous people. The Grand Chief is known for his engaging speaking style; this is one lunchtime lecture not to miss! 

Wednesday, February 29th
Eagle feather beading will be offered, without cost, starting at 12:30pm, in the Indigenous lounge. Materials and explicit direction will be provided to interested students, however an RSVP is required to ensure that there are sufficient supplies to accommodate everyone. Please RSVP to no later than Sunday, February 26th if you would like to participate! A light lunch will be provided. 

Thursday, March 1st
Film screening of Cry Rock in room 123. See for preview. A light lunch will be provided. 

Friday, March 2nd
Professor Gordon Christie will discuss his research on Liberal Understandings of Aboriginal Rights in room 123 at 12:30pm. A light lunch will be provided.

Speaker Series – February 2012

Speaker Series – January

Aboriginal Lawyer Forum Spa & Golf Retreat

Deposit is not required; please register at

UBC Law Competing in World’s First Twitter Moot

On Tuesday, February 21 st , 2012 at 10am PST, West Coast Environmental Law will be hosting the world’s first ever Twitter Moot.

Law students will represent Canadian Universities – British Columbia, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Victoria and York (Osgoode Hall) – will represent parties and present their arguments over Twitter in a simulated appeal of an actual court case: West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia .

“Legal argument is not often limited to 140 characters or less,” said Jessica Clogg, Executive Director of West Coast Environmental Law. “But Twitter is the perfect medium to raise public awareness about how the law can help protect the environment. ”

“The Twitter Moot will tell the story of an Aboriginal Nation fighting to preserve their relationship with the land against coal mining, and of the complicated questions of law and values that come with that conflict,” said Andrew Gage, one of the Moot’s organizers. “Tweeps [Twitter users] interested in law, the environment or aboriginal issues will definitely want to follow our Twitter Moot.”

The Hashtag for the Twitter Moot is #twtmoot.

Twitter Moot Main Page:

UBC Team Page:

Link to West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia (Inspector of Mines)

CBABC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum (ALF) & ILSA

Joint Ventures for 2011/2012  

Mark your calendars for these upcoming event


ALF –  Holiday Banquet
Date: December 2, 2011
Time: 6pm till whenever the last person leaves!
Location: Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville Street (at Helmcken), Vancouver, BC
**Special key note speaker, silent auction, entertainment, sparkling beverages, satisfying food and of course … scintillating conversations!  Also, the ALF will be inviting the Northwest Indian Bar Association (a group of Indigenous lawyers and judges from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.)

Early bird tickets available October 20, 2011 from


ALF – Indigenous Law Event

Date: February 2012
More details to follow.


ALF Retreat
Date: May 4 – 6, 2012
This event will have CPD accredited presentations, an afternoon of either golf or spa treatments, great food and a chance to get away with your fellow Aboriginal colleagues!


DOJ – ALF National Aboriginal Day Auction & Reception
Date: June 2012

The 5th Annual 2011 National Aboriginal Day On-Line Auction & Reception, which began with the inception of the CBABC’s Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust, continues to raise funds toward endowing the Trust.


Aboriginal Lawyers Forum

Christina J. Cook , Chair
Bilkey Law LLP

ILSA Golf Tournament & Banquet Raises Funds for the Indigenous Bar Association

The University of British Columbia’s Indigenous Law Students’ Association organized many exciting events during the 2010/2011 academic year.  These included a week-long Speaker Series on the BC treaty process, springtime BBQ for students and faculty, participation in the school’s longboat competition and a demonstration of ILSA’s awesome pedal power at the law school’s annual trike race.  However no single event required as much planning and effort by all members of ILSA as our newly implemented annual golf tournament.

On March 25, 2011 a 18 hole Callaway style tournament was held at the Musquem Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.  Complimentary pull carts and warm-up balls for the driving range were provided to participants, along with an on-course lunch.  Approximately 60 people attended, including law students from UBC and UVic, firm representatives and members of industry and Aboriginal government.  The weather was ideal and the golfing event turned out to be a smashing success!

After the tournament, we hosted a banquet and silent auction.  Over $6,500 was raised from participants’ contributions and the notable support of the IBA, BC Hydro and our friends at MacDonald and Company.  Donations for the auction included unique items such as Aboriginal birch bark biting artwork, pottery and exquisite leather moccasins.

Following the event, the student membership of ILSA graciously donated over $2,000 to the IBA for its scholarship fund.

We hope to attract even more support and participation in our spring 2012 tournament, so stay turned to our website  for details.

UBC Law’s 2011 Aboriginal Awareness Week a Tremendous Success!

From February 25th – March 6th a series of events brought together students, scholars and legal practitioners to raise awareness and engage in dialogue around legal issues that impact Canada’s Aboriginal communities.

To kick things off, over 200 students, faculty and staff came out to the Indigenous Law Students Association’s annual BBQ on February 25th. This momentum carried into the following week with the Faculty hosting a week-long Speaker Series.

The theme of this year’s Speaker Series was the BC Treaty Process. The Series featured speakers such as Chief Kim Baird of the Tsawwassen First Nation and British Columbia Treaty Commissioner Robert Phillips, who presented a variety of perspectives on the Treaty Process. From the panelists, students were able to gain a better understanding of the impact of the Treaty Process Aboriginal communities.

This focus on community impacts carried throughout the Week and was a central part in its capstone event: the Kawaskimhon Moot – Canada’s only national Aboriginal moot. This year’s topic was the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women inCanada. Sixteen teams of students from fourteen law schools across Canada engaged in two days of advocacy exercises.  On the first day, students made hypothetical submissions to two panels – one law firm panel, and one inquiry panel. On the second day, the students worked towards developing terms of reference for a hypothetical inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The students’ work will undoubtedly help to raise further awareness about this critical issue.

ILSA encourages you to look forward to similar springtime activities in 2012!  We hope to see you at our Speaker Series and BBQ!

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