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Our Past Events

The Indigenous Law Students Governance (ILSG) hosts a number of events throughout the school year. Listed below are some of our notable events we have organized over the past several years. If you would like to learn more about upcoming events make sure to check out our social media and sign up for our mailing list on the "Contact Us" page!

Vigil in Remembrance of Colten Boushie

February 9, 2020

Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, was killed in rural Saskatchewan. The trial which followed these events gained international attention, and raised questions about systemic racism in Canada’s Justice System. Following this tragedy, the Boushie family has continued seeking justice after the controversial acquittal of Boushie's killer on February 9, 2018. February 9, 2020 marks two years since this acquittal’s announcement.


In furtherance of the Boushie family’s call to action on this day, the uOttawa Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) organized a call to action vigil on the evening of February 9th. The Vigil began on the uOttawa campus and proceeded to walk to Parliament Hill, and eventually to the Supreme Court of Canada. Each location served as a venue to honour Boushie’s memory, while speakers used those platforms to address the systemic mistreatment of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian Justice System. 

Beading Auction

February 2020

The Indigenous Law Student Association (now Indigenous Law Student Governance) hosted a fundraising beading auction, featuring the Winter Collection by ILSA executive member, Tasha Simon. The ILSG regularly hosts auctions to raise funds- please check out our social media and sign up for our mailing list for future auctions.


Rethinking Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Building, Bridging and Revitalizing Structures

February 26, 2020

Level Justice uOttawa and the Indigenous Law Students' Association (now Indigenous Law Students Governance) organized a panel discussion about rethinking access to justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada. The discussion included learning about bridging, building, and revitalizing structures in the various legal systems in Canada as they relate to justice for Indigenous peoples.

University of Ottawa Law Stands with the Wet’suwet’en

February 24, 2020

In 1997, the hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en proved their Aboriginal Title before the Supreme Court of Canada in Deglamuukw. Canadian governments are openly ignoring Wet’suwet’en and Canadian law. They are exploiting their position of economic power over the Wet’suwet’en. The next generation of lawyers will not accept this. The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law’s Indigenous Law Students Association asked the administration, faculty members, students, and staff to walk out in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en on February 24th, 2020 at 9:05 am in front of Fauteux Hall, followed by a march to Parliament Hill to join the All Eyes on Parliament Rally.

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