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
Kawaskimhon Moot - Facilitators, Parties & Table Assignments 

Moot schedule and locations:

Friday, March 8, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Opening ceremony and welcome, TRU: House of Learning (HOL) – RM 190
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Health Break, TRU Law
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Table introductions and preliminary discussions, TRU Law
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Health Break, TRU Law
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch, TRU Law
Lunch Address: "The BC First Nations Justice Council: Laying a Foundation for Change" by Andrea Hilland, KC, assistant professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law.
1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Health Break, TRU Law
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law

Saturday, March 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Health Break, TRU Law
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch, TRU Law
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Table Negotiations, TRU Law
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Health Break, TRU Law
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Teams present their agreements, TRU: House of Learning (HOL) – RM 190
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing ceremony, TRU: House of Learning (HOL) – RM 190
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: Charlotte Rose, Facilitator OM 3741
Table #2: Judge Linda Thomas, Facilitator OM 4731
Table #3: Mardi McNaughton, Facilitator OM 3723
Table #4: Jesse McCormick, Facilitator OM 3772
Table #5: Judge Raymond Phillips, Facilitator OM 3652 (Reading room)
Table #6: Wayne Garnons-Williams, Facilitator OM 4625 (Office Boardroom)

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.

Keynote Speaker:

Chief Justice of British Columbia Leonard S. Marchand

Leonard Marchand is Syilx and a member of the Okanagan Indian Band. He grew up in Kamloops. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2017 and to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in 2021. He was recently appointed as Chief Justice of British Columbia and Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Yukon in 2023.

Marchand has dedicated a substantial portion of his career to achieving reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples, including by advancing civil claims on behalf of residential school survivors. In 2005, he helped negotiate and was a signatory to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. He then served on the oversight committee for the Independent Assessment Process and the Selection Committee for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Speakers and facilitators:

Judge Linda Thomas, Provincial Court of British Columbia

Linda Thomas Thomas is of Cree, English, and Norwegian ancestry, and is a member of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc through marriage. The Tk’emlúps community has been her home for over 30 years. She has recently relocated to Williams Lake.

Judge Raymond Phillips, Provincial Court of British Columbia

Judge Raymond Phillips was born in Kamloops and is a member of the Lytton First Nation He was appointed provincial court judge in 2018. He has been a general practitioner, helping clients with a variety of legal issues including real estate, criminal law, contracts and settlements since 2002.

Dean Daleen Millard, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University

Dean Daleen Millard started her career as an administrative clerk in the Department of Justice in 1991. She proceeded to work as a claims handler at the Multilateral Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (as it then was).

Robert Chambers, professor and department Chair, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University

Professor Robert Chambers practised as a barrister and solicitor in Alberta before obtaining his doctor of philosophy from the University of Oxford. He has been a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a professor at the University of Alberta, King’s College London, and University College London. Chambers teaches property, trusts and conflict of laws.

Amanda Carling, CEO, BC First Nations Justice Council

Amanda Carling is Métis from Red River, Treaty One. She is a grateful guest on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples. Her work in legal education was recognized by Precedent Magazine in 2020. She has served on the Canada Committee of Human Rights Watch since 2016.

Chrystie Stewart, lawyer, Stewart & Springford LLP

Chrystie Stewart Stewart makes her home in Kamloops where she was born and raised. She has appeared in the federal court, British Columbia Supreme Court, BC Provincial Court, BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Civil Resolution Tribunal.

Charlotte Rose, lawyer, Qwelmínte Secwépemc office

Charlotte Rose is from the Dakelh and Stó:lō Nations. On her maternal side, she is a member of the Maiyoo Keyoh Whut’enun (customary homelands) and Nak’azdli Whut’en. Her father belongs to S'olh Temexw (Stó:lō territory) and is a member of Semá:th, also known as Sumas First Nation.

Mardi McNaughton, lawyer, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Mardi McNaughton began her legal career at a national boutique Indigenous law firm where she focused on Indigenous legal issues, including conducting research on the decision-making practices of various nations around treaty signing, representing claimants in the Indian Residential Schools class action, drafting claims and developing First Nation trust agreements.

Wayne D. Garnons-Williams, BA, LLB, MPA, LLM; chair, International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization; senior lawyer and principal director, Garwill Law Professional Corporation

Wayne D. Garnons-Williams is Plains Cree from Treaty 6, Moosomin First Nation. He is the acting CEO of the National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation of Canada, founding president of International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization and one of the founding members of the Government of Canada Global Affairs Working Group on Indigenous International Trade.

Jesse McCormick, senior vice-president of Research, Innovation and Legal Affairs, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, First Nations Major Project Coalition

Jesse McCormick is a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. He is the senior vice-president of Research, Innovation and Legal Affairs for the First Nations Major Projects Coalition (FNMPC), a non-political and business-focused coalition of over 150 First Nations organizations creating pathways to reconciliation.

Dr. Ronald E. Ignace, commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages (OCIL)

Ronald E. Ignace is a member of the Secwepemc Nation in Interior British Columbia. He was raised by his great-grandparents, Sulyen and Edward Eneas, and despite being taken to Kamloops Indian Residential School in his childhood, he is a fluent speaker of Secwepemctsin and has more than sixty years of practical experience in Secwepemc traditional skills on the land.

Ted Gottfriedson, Secwépemc cultural advisor, Office of Indigenous Education

Ted Gottfriedson is from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. His parents are Ted and Evelyn Gottfriedson (Thomas) from Tk’emlúps. Paternal grandparents were Gus and Millie Gottfriedson (Manuel) from Tk’emlúps; maternal grandparents were Squwey and Lizzie Thomas (Lampreau) from Tk’emlúps (Squwey) and Simpcw (Lizzie). His wife, Sharon Gottfriedson (Grant), is from Tsq̓éscen. They have four children and one granddaughter.

Elder Leona (Doe) Thomas, Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc

Leona (Doe) Thomas is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc band. She is a mother and grandmother. She has been retired for several years working with Alberta First Nations with developing, implementing and reporting on health programs. She is currently an elder with the Kamloops First Nations court.

Andrea Hilland, KC, assistant professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Andrea Hilland, KC is a member of the Nuxalk Nation and an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her research examines the intersections of Indigenous laws, Aboriginal rights and environmental regulation to challenge discriminatory theories of colonial supremacy and Indigenous inferiority perpetuated through the contemporary colonial legal system.

Cedar W. Dodd, provincial director of Indigenous Justice Centres, BC First Nations Justice Council

Cedar W. Dodd was born in Vernon, British Columbia and lived in Enderby until the age of 7 when his family moved to Vancouver Island. He has two daughters and one son.

Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin

The Honourable Michelle O’Bonsawin is a widely respected member of Canada’s legal community with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years.Justice O’Bonsawin was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa in 2017.

Rob Houle, third-year student, TRU Law

Rob Houle is from Swan River First Nation in Treaty No. 8 Territory in Alberta and has resided in Edmonton since 2002. He has been involved in the field of Indigenous relations and has worked directly with Indigenous leaders and Grand Chiefs.

Murray Sholty, chair of Moot Committee, Faculty of Law and the Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics (TRU Law - 2014 alum)

Murray Sholty is a member of the Hagwilget Village with extensive consulting experience for First Nations on governance, economic development, business and taxation issues. He was a member of the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law’s (TRU Law) inaugural class of 2011, receiving his juris doctor in 2014.

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