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This site is an invitation to law professors across Canada to gather together ideas about resources and pedagogies to support recommendation #28 of the TRC Calls to Action: the call for us to rethink both what and how we teach in our schools.

In the twitter sphere, the hashtag #ReconciliationSyllabus is one invitation for sharing.  We imagine this wordpress site as one of several spots for gathering some of those sharing in an accessible spot.  We certainly need many spaces for conversation about resources, strategies, and possibilities.  Especially in these early days, what might be required of us is courage, imagination, and vulnerability in both gathering and in sharing. What might be required are examples of both success and failure in this endeavour, as we begin to make Recommendation #28 take shape in the world.  Hopefully, this (non-institutionally grounded) site can be a decentralized site for gathering things from across the country (and a site for stimulating thought!)  Leave a comment if you want to be added as a contributor!

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    • Great initiative! Please include me as a contributor (from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University).

      Jason MacLean

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  1. Please add me as a contributor. I was former General Counsel to the TRC and former Executive Secretary of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry.

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  2. Hello, I am a professor of legal studies and I learn so much form the exchanges on this site – please add me as a contributor, thanks, Rachel

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  3. The 7th edition of “Administrative Law: Cases, Texts and Materials” (Emond Montgomery) now includes chapter 8: “The Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal Peoples”… so for the first year in well over a decade teaching administrative law, I included a specific module on this topic, introduced with video clips from the TRC itself, The Secret Path and short doc on residential schools. Required reading also included the executive summary of the TRC report. For next year, I plan to add in an extract on UNDRIP and the extent to which “accommodation” falls far short of “free, prior and informed consent”. Acknowledgement goes to Janna Promislow, member of the casebook’s author team – who no doubt had a big hand in this chapter. As for other courses … also taught Public International Law this year… so many places to incorporate references… teaching the meaning of genocide… including Canada’s TRC as a model of “transitional justice”; incorporating critical conversations about the “self-determination”; and of course, introducing “terra nullius” as the foundational concept of colonialism and the springboard for modern international law… much more ground to cover… look forward to refining in the years ahead. Sharry Aiken (Queen’s Law).

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