Indigenous Legal Studies
The Faculty of Law is a leader in Indigenous legal education in North America. Since 1975, hundreds of Aboriginal students have graduated from the Faculty of Law. Many of these graduates are now leaders who have helped to redefine Aboriginal legal issues in Canada.
Our alumni include Judge Alfred Scow, the first Aboriginal lawyer and judge in British Columbia; His Honour Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit; and Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations. Many more Indigenous Legal Studies Program alumni are lawyers, judges, politicians, negotiators, advocates, educators and community leaders in British Columbia and across the country.
The primary objective of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program is to enhance Aboriginal involvement in the legal profession by providing legal education relating to Aboriginal issues and supporting the legal education of Aboriginal students.
Gordon Christie, Director, Indigenous Legal Studies
Gordon Christie, B.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Inuvialuit) is a Co-Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program. Professor Christie holds a full-time academic appointment as an associate professor.
Office: Allard Hall, Room 445
Darlene Johnston, Co-Director, Indigenous Legal Studies
Darlene Johnston, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation) is a Co-Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program. Professor Johnston holds a full-time academic appointment as an associate professor.
Office: Allard Hall, Room 352
Dana-Lyn Mackenzie Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies
Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, B.A., J.D. (Hwlitsum First Nation) is the Associate Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program. Dana-Lyn is an alumnus of the ILSP and was called the BC Bar in 2012.
Office: Allard Hall 157