This spring marks the first season of the Indigenous Law Association (ILADA) Blog. ILADA is a student group at McGill’s Faculty of Law that focuses on enhancing the representation of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous law in legal contexts. ILADA advocates for greater awareness of issues underpinning relationships on Turtle Island, in particular the dynamics of the settler-colonial state.
Hosted by students at McGill’s Faculty of Law, The ILADA Blog features contributions by Indigenous law scholars and practitioners on issues of current significance. We hope to draw attention to the work many Indigenous Elders, scholars, and youth are doing to articulate law.1 This effort is in part a response to a call that Anishinaabe scholar Aaron Mills, among many other Indigenous scholars, has issued: to take Indigenous constitutional orders seriously.2 We are undertaking this goal by fostering greater dialogue about Indigenous law. Each season we will approach three Indigenous scholars, leaders and advocates to respond to a line of questioning or speak to a particular theme. Our blog will also feature an open section for students and other contributors to comment on a broader range of issues relevant to Aboriginal and Indigenous law.
1 To name just a few examples: John Borrows, Val Napoleon, Matthew Fletcher, Sákéj Henderson, Jeffrey Hewitt, Nancy Sandy, Aaron Mills, Lindsay Borrows, Robert Clifford.
2 University of Victoria, Media Release, “Indigenous law graduate wins top Canadian research award” (22 Nov 2016), online: <https://www.uvic.ca/communicationsmarketing/web/news/2016+sshrc-talent-award-indigenous-law-aaron-mills+ring>.