According to Osgoode Hall’s website, the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments “began in 1993, after a group of Osgoode students was profoundly affected by the Oka crisis and challenged the Law School to do something” to support Aboriginal people. Osgoode then created a unique program “to explore the legal issues relating to indigenous people and indigenous rights.” The program “combines a rigorous academic experience with challenging placements in the field”, and aims to teach the basic principles which define the relationships between Aboriginal peoples and Canada, as well as the law of Aboriginal peoples themselves.
“The program is unique in a number of ways, including that students from all Canadian law schools are eligible to apply. The full-term program begins with two weeks of intensive training at Osgoode followed by a two-month externship placement. Placements may be close to home or around the world.” Past student placements have included the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society (USCLAS) in Hazelton, a small community in Gitxsan territory in northern British Columbia. “Students are also required to draft a major research paper and make a two-hour presentation to the other participants in the program at the end of term.”
Alumni experiences of the program are shared on Osgoode’s website here.