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Upcoming Forums on Indigenous Engagement and Universities - April 2018

Indigenous Place and Partnerships Conference - University of Melbourne - 5–6 April 2018

The University of Melbourne is hosting the Indigenous Place and Partnerships Conference addressing the themes of place-based research and relationships. Over two days, academic teams and Indigenous organisations and communities who partner with us, will discuss the relationships that enable successful delivery of research projects in a range of fields, including linguistics, health, education, art and justice. Bookings are essential for this free conference – via www.eventbrite. For inquiries contact Nikki Moodie on nikki.moodie@unimelb.edu.au or phone +61 3 8344 9217.

Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Land-Based Legal Education - University of Adelaide Law School - 23 April 2018 - 11am-12pm

Presentation by John Borrows, Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria Law School, British Columbia, from the Anishinaabe/Ojibway, Chippewa/Nawash First Nations Canada. Registration is free - via www.eventbrite.

National Workshop on Indigenous Cultural Competency in Law

On 11-12 September legal academics and Indigenous support staff from 26 universities together with legal officers from community and government agencies gathered to discuss principles and strategies for incorporating Indigenous cultural competency in legal education at the ICCLAP national workshop. Read more

Cultural Competency for Legal Education by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created as an independent commission in 2008 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. This was the Canadian Government’s response to a class action by more than 86,000 Indian Residential School survivors across Canada whose experiences are similar to those of the Stolen Generations in Australia. In 2015 the TRC issued 94 ‘Calls to Action’, which include the need for lawyers to have cultural competency training.

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NSW Department of Justice recommends minimum standards for teaching of cultural competency for all law students

In May 2016, Marcelle Burns and Professor Larissa Behrendt from the ICCLAP Project Team participated in a roundtable convened by the NSW Department of Justice to discuss the department’s response to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice’s report on The family response to the murders in Bowraville. The report made a number of important recommendations regarding the need for greater Aboriginal cultural awareness in the legal education including that the Department of Justice request that all universities offering legal training offer Aboriginal cultural awareness as a compulsory element of their courses.

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Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department for Education and Training. The views expressed by this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department for Education and Training.