CLG Indigenous Legal Information Project

Project Summary

With assistance from Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG), students will participate in the creation of public legal education materials focused on areas of law most often affecting Indigenous populations. Students will research common legal issues and create three public legal education resources and one public legal education workshop to assist CLG’s Indigenous Outreach Program. These materials will be provided to Indigenous clients obtaining assistance from Calgary Legal Guidance. Research topics will include: Indian Day Schools Class Action; Wills (Urban and On-Reserve); Voting Off-Reserve; and Applying for a Pardon.

“Every Canadian has a right to legal services. Our project aims to increase access to these resources. On this project last year, I created wallet cards that outline legal rights when you’re approached by an officer. I recently handed these out at BLM protests in Calgary!”

Ava Danyluk, 2L
Project Lead

“The Indigenous Legal Education Project provides an important tool in making the law accessible and available to those that it is meant to protect.”

Anna Scarpelli, 2L
Project Lead

Number of Students and Prerequisites

– 4 student volunteers, 2 Project Leads
– No prerequisites required
– An interest in Indigenous Law is an asset

Area of Law

– Criminal Law
– Wills and Estates
– Indigenous Law
– Civil Law

Legal Skills

– Delivery of legal information
– Legal research and writing
– Public speaking skills

Project Type

Legal Research and Writing Project

Timeline and Time Commitment

Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.

Each student volunteer will be responsible for developing materials for one topic. This project follows the provided timeline:
– Meeting with Calgary Legal Guidance: October 2020
– Project-specific training: October 2020
– First Draft: Due November 2020
– Second Draft: Due February 2021
– Third Draft: Due February 2021
– Final Materials: Due March 2021

Required Training

All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.

In addition to CLG’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training

Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.

How to Apply?

Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.