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Learning Circles

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A collaborative space for practitioners, scholars and community members engaging with Indigenous law.


Approximately six times per year, along with the Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU), West Coast Environmental Law shares the responsibility of hosting Indigenous Law Learning Circles.

Learning Circles provide a collaborative space for those engaging with Indigenous law to talk about our work and learn from each other as well from as a variety of guest speakers. These Circles are an opportunity for reflection, networking and dialogue with practitioners, scholars, and community members, and they contribute to building communities of Indigenous legal practice.

In our bi-monthly Learning Circles, we focus on a variety of topics. For example, one Circle focused on the application of Indigenous laws. Another focused on governance and institution building. Another focused on the very important topic of gender in Indigenous law research and the tools we might use as part of these conversations.

Depending upon which organization is hosting, Learning Circles are held in both Vancouver (at the WCEL office) and in Victoria (at UVic Law). Community members and others engaged in the practice of Indigenous law or in the re-articulation of Indigenous laws are welcome to join us.

If you’re interested in attending a Learning Circle, please contact Maxine Matilpi at maxine_matilpi@wcel.org to find out about the schedule and venue.