“How we see, understand and work with indigenous law depends on what we think law is and what our expectations of it are. Law is not separate from us. It is what we do, and law’s existence depends on our serious engagement with it. Indigenous law needs to interact critically with other legal orders and it needs to do so in a way that protects the integrity of each legal order.”
– Dr. Val Napoleon, LL.B., Ph.D., Academic Lead



Faces of UVic Research – Val Napoleon

Recovering Indigenous Legal Systems and Governance

A presentation given to the ‘Singing a New Song’ conference hosted by the Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria, BC. Dr. Napoleon addresses the issue of Indigenous traditions of regulation and governance and how those relate to settler legal institutions.