Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources & Governments is one of the best and oldest programs in North America to explore the legal issues relating to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous rights. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.
The Program was founded in the aftermath of the summer of resistance of the Kanienkehaka Mohawks at Kanesatake during what is known as the “Oka crisis.” Deeply affected by the events, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at Osgoode challenged the school to develop a program that would effectively improve law students’ understanding of Aboriginal issues and their ability to serve First Nations effectively on their own terms. The “Aboriginal Intensive” was crafted in response to this challenge, combining a rigorous academic experience with challenging placements set up in collaboration with First Nation governments, law firms, NGOs and State organizations, both in Canada and abroad. It offers rigorous and transformative experiential education for aspiring lawyers in the field.
The Program is open both to Osgoode students and to students from other Canadian law schools.