Symposium on Indigenous Courts

Date: November 21-22, 2023
Price per person: See all prices on bottom page, including: member-rates, early bird fee, etc.
Location: Online & In Person: Delta Ottawa Hotel, 101 Lyon Street N., Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9

***This event is over. You can watch the videos here.

***The registration form will be available until November 20, 2023 at noon (Eastern Time).

Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation
Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory
Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.

**Special Offer
Free for Full-time Students at a Canadian university or at the Bar ***online participation only***

Guests Speakers:

  • The Honourable Murray Sinclair, CC, MSC, IPC, Former Senator; Chancellor, Queen’s University; General Counsel, Cochrane Saxberg, Winnipeg
  • The Honourable Justice Leonard Marchand, British Columbia Court of Appeal
  • Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT; Chair, BC First Nations Justice Council


Further to its 45th Annual Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, CIAJ continues to explore the current state and future of self-governance strategy for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Through this Symposium held in person in Ottawa and online from November 21-22, 2023, we aim to pursue our research on how Indigenous communities design their own legal institutions to create a justice system that reflects their values. We wish that this first edition of the Symposium will be followed by many more. Such an annual event would provide the space for dialogue and exchange among actors of the legal system.

Topics Overview:

  • The instruments for decision-making power
  • The scope of Indigenous jurisdictions
  • Strategies to create self-governance
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
  • Decolonization of legal institutions
  • The enduring legacy of a colonial relationship

Who should attend?

Members of Indigenous communities, judges, legal professionals and law students across Canada are invited to join the discussion, reflect on the future and collectively work toward solutions.

Major Sponsor:

     Logo Know History (fond blanc)


Become a partner of the Symposium!

Position your organization as a committed leader in supporting Indigenous self-government initiatives in Canada. Discover all the possibilities in our brochures: Sponsorship Package & Exhibitors.

Planning committee

  • The Honourable Marion Buller, Chancellor, University of Victoria
  • Jennifer Cox, K.C., Staff Lawyer, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, Dalhousie University
  • The Honourable Deputy Chief Justice Joanne Durant, Alberta Court of Justice
  • The Honourable Justice Tracy Engelking, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Adam Letourneau, K.C., Founder and Managing Partner, Letourneau LLP
  • Bradford Morse, Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University
  • Scott Robertson, Senior Associate, Nahwegahbow, Corbiere
  • The Honourable Justice Colleen Suche, Court of King’s Bench of Manitoba; Past President, CIAJ
  • The Honourable Judge Margaret I. Wiebe, Provincial Court of Manitoba
  • Nathan Afilalo, Lawyer, Legal Researcher, CIAJ
  • Christine O’Doherty, Lawyer, Executive Director, CIAJ


Note: Early Bird Special fees available until August 1, 2023.

  • CIAJ Members: $695 ($895 after August 1, 2023)
  • Non-Members: $845 ($1,045 after August 1, 2023)
  • Young Lawyers Members (5 years or less): $525 ($650 after August 1, 2023)
  • Young Lawyer Non-Members (5 years or less): $625 ($825 after August 1, 2023)
  • Academics: $550
  • Not-for-profit: $500
  • Students (enrolled full-time at Canadian university or at the Bar) in person: $95
  • Students (enrolled full-time at Canadian university or at the Bar) ***online participation only***: Free


For further information, please contact Julie Begbie
Tel.: 613-852-4264

Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days or more before the event: Administration fees of $40
  • 7 days or more before the event: 50% of registration fees
  • Less than 7 days before the event: No refund

At any time, a participant may be replaced by another person without charge

COVID-19 Requirements

To protect everyone’s health, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice requests that participants, CIAJ staff, faculty members and speakers are vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they benefit from a recognized medical exemption. This request is in addition to any restrictions or vaccination requirements that may be in force in the jurisdiction or at the venue where the event is being held. Masks are strongly recommended.