Hadley Friedland, LLB (Victoria), LLM (Alberta), PhD (Alberta)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-7417
429 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Indigenous law Aboriginal law Family law child welfare law criminal justice legal theory therapeutic jurisprudence


Hadley Friedland is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on Indigenous law, Aboriginal law, family law and child welfare law, criminal justice and therapeutic jurisprudence. She has published numerous articles and collaborated to produce accessible Indigenous legal resources for Indigenous communities, legal professionals and the general public. She is author of the book, The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles: Cree and Anishinabek Responses to Violence and Victimization, University of Toronto Press, 2018.

Dr. Friedland holds a Child and Youth Care diploma (with distinction) from MacEwan University, an LLB from the University of Victoria, and an LLM and PhD from the University of Alberta. She received the SSHRC Vanier Scholarship and the inaugural SSHRC Impact Talent Award, as well as the Governor General's Gold Medal for her graduate work. She was the first Research Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit [ILRU] at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada to identify and articulate their own laws.

Dr. Friedland is co-founder, with Dr. Shalene Jobin (Faculty of Native Studies) of the Wahkohtowin Indigenous Law and Governance Lodge, an interdisciplinary initiative developed to uphold Indigenous law and governance through supporting community-led research. 


  • Indigenous Law
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Child Welfare Law
  • Family Law
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Community-engaged Research


LAW 486 - Jurisprudence

An examination of law from a theoretical rather than a doctrinal perspective. Every year, the course will consist of a number of seminar offerings whose focus will be on a broader theoretical examination of law, legal processes, and institutions. Each of these courses will allow a critical examination of law from a variety of perspectives such as; legal theory, literature, politics, economics, social and cultural development, and religion.

Winter Term 2021
LAW 524 - Family Law

The formation and annulment of marriage; various matrimonial remedies; judicial separation; alimony; loss of consortium; divorce; ground and procedure; custody of children; financial obligations and property rights between spouses.

Fall Term 2020
LAW 589 - Specialized Legal Topics

These courses will cover specialized topics of emerging importance in the law at a senior level in a format with a significant out-of-classroom component. The particular topic covered would vary dependent on the availability of Faculty with necessary teaching competence, student interest, and the needs of the legal profession.

Fall Term 2020

Scholarly Activities

Research - Wahkohtowin Indigenous Law and Governance Lodge

Started: 20181201


Upholding Indigenous law and governance

 The Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge is a dedicated research unit based out of the

University of Alberta Faculties of Law and Native Studies with the objective of upholding Indigenous laws and governance through community-directed research and learning. Our goals are to:

·     Support Indigenous communities’ goals to identify, articulate, and implement their own laws and governance,

·     Develop, gather, amplify, and transfer wise practices, promising methods and research tools,

·     Produce useful and accessible public legal education and practical governance resources.

The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations and specifically answers the TRC Call to Action #50, which calls for the creation of Indigenous Law Institutes for the “development, use and understanding of Indigenous laws.”

Wahkohtowin Indigenous Law and Governance Lodge


Indigenous Laws in Law Schools: Trans-systemia or Transformation?
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 7/24/2018
Publication: Yaëll Emerich et Marie-Andrée Plante, eds., Repenser les paradigmes: approches transsystémiques du droit (Montreal: Thomson Reuters Éditions Yvon Blais, 2018)
External Link: https://store.thomsonreuters.ca/en-ca/pdp/repenser-les-paradigmes--approches-transsystmiques-du-droit/30835512
Porcupine and Other Stories: Legal Relations in Secwépemcúlecw
Author(s): Hadley Friedland, Bonnie Leonard, Jessica Asch and Kelly Mortimer
Publication Date: 7/8/2018
Publication: Revue générale de droit
Volume: 48
Issue: 1
External Link: https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/rgd/2018-v48-n1-rgd03840/1049317ar/
The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles: Cree and Anishinabek Responses to Violence and Victimization
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: University of Toronto Press
External Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/the-wetiko-legal-principles-2
An Inside Job: Engaging with Indigenous Legal Traditions Through Stories
Author(s): Val Napoleon and Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 12/1/2016
Publication: McGill Law Journal
Volume: 61
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1
External Link: https://lawjournal.mcgill.ca/article/an-inside-job-engaging-with-indigenous-legal-traditions-through-stories/
Navigating through Narratives of Despair: Making Space for the Cree Reasonable Person in the Canadian Justice System
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 8/31/2016
Publication: University of New Brunswick Law Journal
Volume: 67
Page Numbers: 269

Waniskā: Reimagining the Future with Indigenous Legal Traditions
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 1/29/2016
Publication: Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 85
External Link: https://wyaj.uwindsor.ca/index.php/wyaj/article/view/4811
Gathering the Threads: Developing a Methodology for Researching and Rebuilding Indigenous Legal Traditions
Author(s): Hadley Friedland, Val Napoleon
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Lakehead Law Journal
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 33
External Link: https://llj.lakeheadu.ca/article/view/1408/726
Indigenous Legal Traditions: Roots to Renaissance
Author(s): Val Napoleon and Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 11/7/2014
Publication: Markus Dubber & Tatjanie Hoernie, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
External Link: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199673599.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199673599-e-11
Reflective Frameworks: Methods for Accessing, Understanding and Applying Indigenous Laws
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 5/1/2013
Publication: Indigenous Law Journal
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1
External Link: https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/ilj/article/view/27628/20360
Tragic Choices and the Division of Sorrow: Speaking about Race, Culture and Community Traumatization in the Lives of Children
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 9/30/2009
Publication: Canadian Journal of Family Law
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 223
External Link: http://faculty.allard.ubc.ca/cdnjfl/Past%20Issues/25-2.html
Different Stories: Aboriginal People, Order and the Failure of the Criminal Justice System
Author(s): Hadley Friedland
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Publication: Saskatchewan Law Review
Volume: 72
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 105