Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

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.