The Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA) hosted its inaugural reception and fundraiser at Allard Hall recently to raise funds for bursaries for Indigenous law students and to present the 2019 Courage in Law Awards. Grand Chief Edward John (Class of '79) gave a captivating keynote on the history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Following the keynote, ILSA students presented the Courage in Law Awards to Terry La Liberté, Q.C, senior partner at La Liberte Cronin & Company, Lee Schmidt, Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law and Senator Murray Sinclair. The Courage in Law Awards were created to recognize the accomplishments of distinguished legal professionals or academics relating to courageous leadership and outstanding service. Recipients of the award are champions who display the highest ideals of the legal community in respect of the advancement of legal services for Indigenous peoples and fostering diversity within the legal profession.
A reception followed with a silent auction of over 50 items and music provided by third year ILSA student, Daniel Sinclair. See photos from this event.