Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot 2024

Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot 2024

March 8 — 9, 2024 at Thompson Rivers University

The Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University is delighted to host the 2024 Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot on the traditional territory of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc.

The Kawaskimhon Moot was first held at the University of Toronto in 1994. Each year, a different university hosts the moot and welcomes law students from nearly every law faculty across Canada.

The Kawaskimhon Moot is a consensus-based, non-adversarial moot that incorporates Indigenous legal traditions alongside federal, provincial and international law, and concepts of dispute resolution. Teams may represent a variety of parties (depending on the nature of the moot problem) such as First Nations, Band Councils, traditional Chiefs’ organizations, government agencies, and industry.

Mooters participate in roundtable negotiations on a particular topic in Indigenous law, representing their assigned party’s positions to their circles. Facilitators guide the discussions with the goal of reaching a consensus. There are no competitive awards. Instead, the Kawaskimhon Moot allows students to deepen their understanding of Indigenous legal issues and Aboriginal law.

Register for the 2024 Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

Registration deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024

For any further inquiries, please email lawmoots@tru.ca.

Submissions of position papers will be due Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Submissions should be double-spaced and should not exceed 30 pages, except for the cover page.

Submissions will be forwarded by email as soon as possible after their reception to the other teams at the same table and to the facilitator for this table.

The purpose of submissions is to state what the party hopes to achieve at the table and the legal or factual arguments in support of this, with suitable references for an academic exercise.

Moot Problem
Parties and Table Assignments 

Friday, March 8, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Welcome (TRU Law: Room TBA)
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Health Break
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Table Introductions and Preliminary Discussions
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Health Break
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Table Negotiations
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Table Negotiations
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Health Break
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Table Negotiations

Saturday, March 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Table Negotiations
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Health Break
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Table Negotiations
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Table Negotiations
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Health Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Teams present their Agreements
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony (TRU Law: Room TBA)
6:00 p.m. Banquet at TRU Campus Activity Centre

All pre-banquet events will take place at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, located at 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC.

For students and coaches arriving in rented vehicles, please use designated Lot L2, which is reserved for registered visitors. To register your vehicle during the week, contact lawreception@tru.ca.Parking is free on weekends, allowing you to park in any of the General or Economy lots.

Parking Map
Tables have been assigned to specific rooms within the Faculty of Law as follows:
Table #1 OM 4731
Table #2 OM 3772
Table #3 OM 3732A
Table #4 OM 3732B
Table #5 OM 3741
Table #6 OM 3652 (Reading room)

The banquet will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the TRU - Mountain Room, Campus Activity Centre (1055 University Dr, Kamloops, BC). The parking lot for the Campus Activity Centre is near the facility.

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to reserve accommodation for the 2024 Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot.

To ensure a comfortable stay during this impactful event, kindly click the following links to finalize your accommodation reservation:

Delta Hotel by Marriott, Kamloops Book

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kamloops Book