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.
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
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
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
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