Indigenous Initiatives

The Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba is committed to working collectively to meaningfully implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action #28, with particular attention to its implications for our curriculum and the learning environment at the Faculty. This page contains the Faculty's official response to the Call to Action, ways in which the Faculty's curriculum is raising awareness of Indigenous people and the issues they face, information on making the Faculty welcoming to Indigenous applicants, students, faculty and visitors, and research being carried out in our Faculty for the education of our students, community, and beyond.

 

The Faculty of Law supports Orange Shirt Day and invites all members of its community including Faculty, Instructors, Staff, Students and Alumni to wear orange shirts on September 30th to raise awareness and have meaningful discussions about the effects and legacy of Residential Schools.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013, to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.

The Manitoba Indigenous Law Students Association Blog contains information about Orange Shirt Day from our law students.

Please learn about the importance of reconciliation from our alumnus and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Senator Murray Sinclair [LLB/79].
TRC Mini Documentary - Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconcilliation

More educational resources about Residential Schools and Orange Shirt Day events are on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website, including the Graham Constant documentary, "Remembering the Forgotten Children - Muskowekwan Residential School" and other NTRC mini docs.