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  1. He wears his heart on his shoulder when he talks residential schools
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    Did Victoria Laundry hear about the lucrative dyeing contracts? Who knows
  3. Professor Feldthusen does it at Ottawa from a list of students with pictures attached. It'll "happen" once every 2-3 lectures lol. Most professors rely on voluntary participation and will award a grade bump to a few people in the class.
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    still not worth it 🙃
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    Third Retake?

    YES. Apply and take the LSAT times as many times as will be considered (up until February?). Since highest score is considered by virtually every school, there is NO PENALTY to doing multiple takes, insofar as you have the funds and time to do so. But to answer your specific question, there is not benefit to applying early, just apply.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    The English common law recognizes indigenous law through various sources that you'll need to know. Indigenous law doesn't even need recognition from the common law in order to be effective, but I don't want to get into it.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Well there's also the cultural aspect of an Indigenous law student taking all of these common law courses but learning absolutely nothing about their own legal traditions on this colonized land that they continue to reside on. But I'll put that back in the deck. The implication of yout post is that you're essentially okay with law students graduating without having learnt any Indigenous law, from various courses or mandatory ones. If you want to take that position, then to each their own. I'm not about to make the case otherwise, too many points.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Why is it okay to offer Torts in first-year and Advanced Torts the next, same with Criminal law, same with Contract Law, etc.. Someone interested in property will take Property in first-year, Trusts, Real Estate, and so on. It's not like Indigenous law would be the only redundant subject.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Again, I think indigenous law is being taught in this manner to a large extent. I just don't see why a mandatory course in accordance with the TRC's recommendations is so bad.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    I agree with you in principle. But I don't think we should value academic freedom in the context of indigenous law. Whether each course dedicates a week or two to these topics or it's a mandatory course itself, Canadian law students need to learn this stuff. Lawyers, especially those doing criminal and family law, need to have a base understanding of Aboriginal peoples' history in Canada. One could argue that it's in the public interest to have indigenous law within the law school curriculum. I am not necessarily taking a position for or against the mandatory course - I am neither for or against it. Whether each course integrates indigenous law accordingly or it's delivered in one mandatory comprehensive course, all that matters is that it's taught. Just recognize the value judgements that you're bringing to the conversation when you're okay with academic freedom being restricted for business associations and civil procedure but you're drawing the line at indigenous law.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Well, those are the subjects that I remember most when summarizing the class. But traditional indigenous traditions like potlashing, ways of transmitting languages (such as through storytelling), the spiritual connection with land and the communal concept of ownership, means of dispute resolution, and those aspects of indigenous law were also covered in the class and would not be covered in constitutional law.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    I would say that's already being done to a large extent and only some schools have opted for the mandatory approach. I don't see any issue with it just like I don't see any issue with business associations being mandatory. I took a course in undergrad that was solely on indigenous law, and it was great. We learned about the Indian Act, the duty to consult, the source of rights, the evolution of rights, s. 35 of the Constitution, and much more. I learned more in that class than I did about indigenous law in most of my law school courses.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Still, not everyone is convinced that Indigenous legal traditions can be effectively taught. “This is very much a live issue,” insists Darwin Hanna, an Indigenous lawyer from Vancouver, who teaches a First Nations and Economic Development course at UBC’s law school. Mr. Hanna says the sheer number of Indigenous languages in Canada and the paucity of people who are fluent in those languages is an impediment to interpreting their legal traditions. “In B.C. alone, we have at least 30 different Indigenous languages and all have unique legal systems and forms of justice. As well, any time you translate into English you lose something,” he says. “Teaching Indigenous law traditions requires a lot of research, an appreciation of the language and an understanding of the dynamics of different communities.” Very good point - how do you fully study the traditions without studying the language? So what's the alternative? Do nothing when what's being done isn't effective enough? A law school curriculum doesn't allow for students to learn the various indigenous languages in order to address these literal impediments. Legal education teaches indigenous law way better now than it did 50 years ago, 15 years ago, and it will only improve moving forward.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    Fair enough. I took your response to be to the first 3/4 of that paragraph which were actually reasonable bases(?) to support the decision, but you nonetheless seemed to adopt this position throughout. I actually agree with you RE the end portion. Every Canadian should have input, definitely Aboriginal peoples, but all other races as well.
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    Windsor Law - Mandatory Indigenous Law 1L

    You are dismissing the TRC, otherwise I misunderstood your c) point above. Yes, Ipeelee, right. The criminal justice system simply reflects social structures. Changing sentencing is reactive; proactive changes to social inequality, like education and the provision of other basic necessities as well as an internationally acceptable standard of life (some International citation that escapes me, five letter acronym), will prevent Aboriginal peoples from ever even facing a judge (i.e. not being sentenced). This is the reason why Gladue and other relevant jurisprudence has been ineffective towards reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal peoples in federal and provincial prisons. The criminal justice system is just that, a way of responding to an issue. We should not task it with resolving social issues - it won't as acknowledged by Ipeelee.
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