Researching Indigenous Laws 

Mar. 3, 2021
Winnipeg Online


TOPIC: Researching Indigenous Laws
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 12:00 Noon - 1:30pm
LOCATION: Zoom Video Conference
Professor Brenda Gunn, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Joëlle Pastora-Sala, Staff Lawyer, Public Interest Law Centre
Shoshanna Paul, Associate, TDS Law

In this joint MBA Legal Research Section and Faculty of Law event, panelists will draw on their experience to discuss both theoretical and practical approaches to researching Indigenous law. Professor Brenda Gunn will provide a theoretical context for the ensuing discussion. 

Joëlle Pastora-Sala will discuss the importance of recognizing our inherent biases in our legal work and research and will reflect on some of the lessons learned in working with First Nations clients as a non-First Nations person. Drawing on her work representing the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs at the Supreme Court of Canada, she will provide practical tools for practitioners to apply in their work. 

Shoshanna will describe her work with First Nation governments in developing and implementing laws through the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management, the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests of Rights Act and other sources and she will discuss how Indigenous laws can be incorporated into Canadian law.

Please RSVP (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) to the Manitoba Bar Association online (link above).

You will need a computer or laptop (PC or Mac), smartphone or tablet with a microphone and webcam (built-in or external) and an internet connection.  

If you will be participating from a laptop, you would also need to install a Zoom Client for Meetings from this site: If you are unsure whether you have the latest version of Zoom, please follow the instructions HERE.  

If you are planning to participate from smartphone or tablet you would need to install an App from the Apple Store or Google Play.   if you are installing the app from the Apple Store or Google Play to use on an iPad, iPhone or Android device or tablet the free app is called “Zoom Cloud Meetings”.    

We would recommend that you have either the Zoom Cloud Meetings App or the Zoom Client for Meetings downloaded at least 15 minutes before the meeting. 

When you do join, please allow your device to join with audio.  This feature can be found under Join Options in an Apple or Android device or Join with Computer Audio if you are participating on a laptop. 

All participants should ensure they have set up their Zoom information to display your actual name (not just your device name) so that everyone knows who is on the call and anyone not invited to attend will be more easily identified, this also helps us properly track attendance at PD sessions.  

If you are having troubles, please email 

At approximately 9:30am on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 an email will be sent from the MBA advising you of the link that you will click on to join the Zoom video conference meeting.  So it will be important to register before 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  

Attendance at this MBA meeting can be applied towards your Law Society of Manitoba's Continuing Professional Development for a maximum of 1.5 hours.

David Davis
Chair, MBA Legal Research Section
Davis Immigration Law Office
Ph: 204-956-2336x201


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