Indigenous Scholars Series: Patricia M. Barkaskas
Decolonial Resistance Pedagogy: Disrupting the Violence ofNormative Legal Education
Normative legal education in Canada perpetuates settler colonial perspectives as part of the ongoing violence of colonization where the law is used as a tool of dispossession and oppression. This presentation contemplates the place ofcritical decolonial and Indigenous pedagogies in law school courses and curriculum and the contribution this makes in educating the whole lawyer. Educating law students following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action requires interrupting hegemonic legal education by engaging with pedagogical approaches that resist dominant discourses about the power and purpose of law. Integrating these approaches in both the academic and practicalaspects of legal education intervenes in violent normative legal education andchallenges the colonial hegemony underpinning the Canadian legal system. The aim of decolonial resistance pedagogy is to disrupt how students have been taught to think about and practice law by contributing to their knowledge of how colonialism is entrenched in and replicated through the Canadian legal system.
Patricia M. Barkaskas presently holds the following positions at Allard Law, University of British Columbia: Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic(ICLC); Coordinator, Judicial Externship program; and tenure track Instructor. She is a supervising lawyer at the ICLC, provides administrative leadership, and teaches the ICLC course on decolonizing and Indigenizing law. Patricia has practiced child protection, civil, criminal, family, and prison law and produced Gladue reports for all levels of courts in British Columbia. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked for Residential school survivors as a historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Patricia’s research focuses on clinical legal education, decolonizing and Indigenizing legal education, exploring the value ofIndigenous pedagogies in legal education, and experiential learning in law. Patricia was born in Alberta and is Métis.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Farmer Conference Room