World Indigenous Law Conference

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November 18-21, 2018

Windsor Law in partnership with Sunchild Law, is honoured to host the 2018 World Indigenous Law Conference under the title and theme, “Waawiiatanong Ziibi: Where the River Bends, The Application of Indigenous Laws in Indigenous Communities and in the Courts.”  This year’s conference will be held at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts along the beautiful riverside on the border of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, USA. 

The purpose of the 2018 World Indigenous Law Conference is to bring together lawyers, judges, academics, Knowledge Keepers, policy experts, community leadership, community advocates, students and all interested parties to embark on and share in conversation and discourse about the implementation of Indigenous Law into western contemporary legal systems and highlighting Indigenous Laws that already exist in Indigenous communities and Nations.  This is the fourth bi-annual global conference represented by the North on Turtle Island and held on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy which is comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa and the Potawatomi.

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This program contains 12 hours of EDI Professionalism Content.



The World Indigenous Law Conference is proud to share the conference program and announce our keynote speakers:

  • Louise McDonald
  • Tavake Afeaki
  • Dr. Val Napoleon 
  • Joshua Creamer
  • Spencer Webster
  • Dr. Peggy Bird


WILC Conference Program





The 2018 WILC Planning Committee is seeking submissions of conference papers and concurrent sessions that address the theme of this year’s conference while also providing innovative and forward-thinking strategies to apply and implement Indigenous Laws.  Proposals for sessions and abstracts shall be reviewed for academic excellence, the ability to stimulate thinking, and which advance solutions for new directions for Indigenous Laws and Policy.  Priority consideration will be given to Conference Papers and Conference Sessions researched, developed, and presented by Indigenous Peoples.

Information for Submissions of Conference Sessions or for Conference Papers:  The 2018 WILC Planning Committee is striving to create a platform for dynamic change and is focused on concentrating on Indigenous Laws in a holistic and collective manner.  The Call is being sent out to the Four Directions seeking presenters from all Indigenous communities to focus on the application of Indigenous Laws used in their territories and to create an agenda that broadens the dialogue on issues pertaining to Indigenous Laws and Policy while also creating a sense of universality and integrity in the application.  We ask that this is kept in mind in preparing Conference Paper or Conference Session applications.

Conference Sessions – An individual, institution, organization, or Nation may apply to organize and sponsor a 2-hour session on any of the below topic areas.  These may be issue-specific or regionally focused sessions and may include 2-5 presenters, with a moderator/facilitator.  If selected, a Conference Session may be presented as plenary, or during a concurrent session.

Conference Paper – An individual, institution, organization, or Nation may apply to present a paper on any of the below listed topic areas by providing a 350-word maximum abstract.  If selected, papers will be presented during a 2-hour concurrent session with others of a similar or related theme.

Conference Session proposals and Conference Paper abstracts for consideration as WILC 2018 presentations on the following or related topics and themes:

  •  Indigenous Knowledges recognized as Indigenous Legal Traditions
  •  Indigenous Legal Traditions and Healing and Wellness
  •  Solidarities between Peoples and Nations
  •  Eurocentric Laws that apply to Indigenous Peoples
  •  Indigenous Laws and Knowledges in the Courts
  •  Sources of Indigenous Laws
  •  Intellectual and Indigenous Knowledges
  •  Treaties and Treaty Relationships

All submissions must include the following:

  1. Indicate whether a Proposal for a Conference Session or a Conference Paper and the title;
  2. Include Applicant Name, Qualifications, Nation/Organization/Institutional Affiliation, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and brief (200 word) Biography with Picture.
  3. If proposing a Conference Session also include brief (200 word) Biography and Picture of each presenter;
  4. Please submit all materials to by email, or by hardcopy and regular mail to:


World Indigenous Law Conference 2018

November 18-21, 2018

Faculty of Law

University of Windsor

Attn:  Beverly Jacobs

401 Sunset Avenue

Windsor, ON, CAN

N9B 3P4

DEADLINE: July 20, 2018 at 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)