2018 World Indigenous Law Conference

Sunday, November 18, 2018 to Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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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.

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


World Indigenous Law Conference Program



The 2018 World Indigenous Law Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors:

  • Eleanore Sunchild, Sunchild Law
  • Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Dr. Christopher Waters, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Dr. K.W. Michael Siu, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, University of Windsor
  • Dr. Sujith Xavier, Director, Transnational Law and Justice Network, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Prof. Donna Eansor, Teaching Leadership Chair, Looking to the Future in a New Way: Open Hearts and Open Minds, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Kaye Johnson, Director, Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, University of Windsor
  • Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Friendship Centres
  • Law Foundation of Ontario
  • Office of the President, University of Windsor
  • The Mulicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County
  • Torys: Snye Creek
  • Nahwegahbow, Corbiere, Genoodmagejig, Barristers & Solicitors



Lost in Jurisdiction: Federalism and Health Services for Inuit Women in Montreal” presented by Sara Gold

Māori Legal Traditions: Protocol, Process, Practice” presented by Carwyn Jones

Urban Indigenous Kinship Visiting: Deliberative and Healing Approach” presented by Anna Corrigal Flaminio

Gender & Impact Benefit Agreements in Canada” presented by Sari Graben

Gender and Violence: The Role of Indigenous Legal Traditions in Combatting Violence Against Indigenous Women” presented by Mercedes A. Sretenovic

Does the Application of the Indigenous Concept of Criminality Help to Achieve a Right-Based Criminal Justice System?” presented by Adity Rahman Shah

Exploring Methods for the Incorporation of Indigenous Laws in Canada. Reflecting on International Attempts of Incorporating Non-Western Legal Traditions: The Middle East Example” presented by Dana Shamlawi

Urban Indigenous Communities and the Application of Indigenous Legal Knowledge: Learning from Friendship Centres” presented by Angela Easby

The Unenclosed Ahcahk: Reclaiming Food Sovereignty on Nêhiyaw Askiy Through Our Constitutionalism” presented by Darcy Lindberg

Tikanga or Ture? The Intersection Between Custom and Law in the Occupation of Maori Land” presented by John Koning & Spencer Webster

Indigenous Legal Traditions and Community Legal Clinics: A Pathway to Enhanced Legal Services” by Ilija Dimeski

Indigenous Court Workers Roles & Traditional Practices Within the Courtroom” presented by Peter Isaacs & Shelbi Jonathan

Factors that Influence Indigenous Consumer Decision-Making” presented by Heron Loban