Ceremony to launch the University of Ottawa’s inaugural Indigenous Law Certificate

Teepees at Domaine Noctimik
The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section invites media to a ceremony launching Canada’s first Indigenous Law Certificate Program in French.

The certificate will offer Indigenous learners an introduction to the legal systems of different Indigenous peoples in Canada, which they will be encouraged to compare with Quebec and Canadian state-derived systems in certain key areas of law.

The Certificate was initiated by Professor Eva Ottawa, an Atikamekw-Nehirowiskwew and member of the Manawan community, with the support of Sophie Thériault, Professor and Vice Dean Academic at the Civil Law Section, as  one more step to reconciliation.

For more details about the Certificate: University of Ottawa’s Civil Law Section offers new certificate in Indigenous law 


When: Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 3 p.m.

Where: Johnson Hall (Room 116), Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, uOttawa Campus


3 p.m.:  Ceremony featuring Gilbert Whiteduck, uOttawa Elder in Residence 

3:20 p.m.: Song of Honor (Drummer – Brad Picody and his band) 

3:30 p.m.: Introductory remarks from Civil Law Section Dean Marie-Eve Sylvestre

3:38 p.m.: Speech by Jacques Frémont, uOttawa President and Vice-Chancellor

3:45 p.m.: Speech (by video) by the Honourable David Lametti, Canada Minister of Justice

3:53 p.m.: Speech by Ghislain Picard, AFN Regional Chief, Quebec/Labrador

4 p.m.: Presentation of the Certificate by Professor Eva Ottawa, including a video presentation of the summer course. A presentation of the cohort of students and the academic team will follow. A cocktail will follow the ceremony.

The first cohort of students
The first cohort of students began the certificate’s curriculum this summer at the Domaine Notcimik, a cultural site with ties to the Atikamekw Nation

Media RSVP:

Paul Logothetis
Media Relations Agent
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