Indigenous Law Research Unit

The Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) is a research unit at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law committed to the revitalization of Indigenous laws. Led by Dr. Val Napoleon, we partner with and support work by Indigenous communities to articulate their legal principles and processes, on their own terms, to effectively respond to today’s complex challenges. We provide training and guidance to communities and professionals engaging with Indigenous laws and develop academic and public legal education resources. Our vision is for Indigenous laws to be living and in use on the ground, and to be researched, taught and theorized about just as other great legal traditions of the world are.