Nunavut law program gets federal help for hands-on legal experience
Money will help pay for a legal clinic in Iqaluit
The Nunavut Law School has a new pot of money to help its students gain hands-on legal experience.
David Lametti, the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, confirmed July 28 that Ottawa will provide $341,600 more through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program over the next two years to the University of Saskatchewan, which partners with Nunavut Arctic College on offering the law program.
“It is an honour to support such a critical program that is working to meet the demand for lawyers in Nunavut. This initiative is an important part of the government’s commitment to see Nunavummiut better reflected in positions of leadership, including in our justice system,” said Lametti in a news release.
“Our investment in this program, and our support for revitalizing Indigenous legal systems, is an investment in Nunavut’s future.”
While in Iqaluit, Lametti also announced $1.8 million for projects to help abused women and children in Nunavut.
The money earmarked for the law program will let students engage in hands-on learning in legal advocacy and help to establish a legal clinic in Iqaluit where they can gain practical experience.
The program will also help provide guest lecturers on Arctic, Inuit and circumpolar issues, programming on cultural skills, Inuktitut legal terminology, as well as traditional law lectures.
The Nunavut Arctic College, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan’s college of law, started to deliver a four-year post-secondary law program in Iqaluit in September 2017.
Successful graduates of the program will be awarded a Juris Doctor in Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
“This funding will help us provide our students with new opportunities to engage actively with the legal profession, obtain hands-on practical skills, and their knowledge of Inuit traditional law,” said Stephen Mansell, the director of the Nunavut Law program, in the release.
“I am very glad the Government of Canada recognizes the important role that the Nunavut law program will play in building the legal profession in our territory.”