Indigenous Youth

I liked learning about my culture and where I come from -LAWS Justice Conference for Indigenous Youth participant

Statistically, Indigenous youth face many barriers to academic success in school. Data shows that Indigenous students have high dropout rates and are grossly underrepresented in postsecondary institutions and in justice sector careers. As part of our desire to diversify the law school community and the legal profession in order to better reflect and serve our society, LAWS is committed to delivering culturally responsive programming that provides positive exposure to the law, legal system, legal profession, and legal education. LAWS continually strives to be inclusive of the lived experience, needs and interests of Indigenous youth.

In 2008, LAWS developed a partnership with The University of Toronto’s First Nations House to deliver an outreach initiative aimed at Indigenous youth. Indigenous youth from across Ontario to experience law school, explore contemporary legal issues affecting their communities and wider society, and meet and dialogue with Indigenous justice sector representatives and law students.

This annual conference is now presented in partnership with the U of T Faculty of Law Indigenous Students Association and the Osgoode Indigenous Students Association, and is open to all students of Aboriginal descent.