This course will serve as a bridge between the academic study of law and the practice of law or the application of legal principles to policy issues. Connecting academic study with community service through structured reflection contributes to learning that is deeper, longer lasting and more generalizable to new situations and contexts.
At the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) the student will develop multidisciplinary skills relating to the use of archival research, legal analysis and policy research to consider issues of privacy, intellectual property, indigenous methodologies, and the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). Students are required to engage in problem solving by drawing on the substantive knowledge they have acquired over the course of their law studies. Students will also come to appreciate that involvement with the Residential School archives is less about “helping others in need” than it is about collaborating with others whose resources, skill sets and perspectives are complementary, to better understand and resolve challenges in working towards truth and reconciliation.
This internship will require 90 hours in the internship placement, under the supervision of the Director of Research at the NCTR. This amounts to approximately one day/week during the term. Students must apply for this internship and will be screened on the basis of strong academic performance, their related course work, career plans, and related experience.
Instructor: Aimee Craft