Program Directors

Sandra A. Gogal

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Renée Pelletier

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

If your work engages with Indigenous issues, this is the foundational grounding you need to navigate this complex area. Now available in a self-paced format for a limited time (registration opens March 4, 2024).

Understand this complex and vitally important body of law. It is a concise, deep dive into the knowledge and strategies you need to be able to work more thoughtfully and effectively when dealing with Indigenous legal issues.

Learn at your own pace from a truly outstanding faculty of experts. Senior lawyers, government and industry reps and academics from across the country will concentrate on the core aspects of Indigenous legal issues, focusing not just on the law itself, but also those practical considerations that are key to understanding the rapidly changing legal environment.

This self-paced program is a recording of the Certificate in Fundamentals in Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Law that ran live October 18 – November 22, 2023.  Students will have access to all of the program lectures and materials. There will also be live Zoom sessions (optional) where you can get your questions answered and engage with colleagues and our Program Directors.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

The aim of the program is to give you a practical and foundational understanding of Indigenous rights and title, the constitutional framework, reserve lands and developments on reserve, treaty interpretation, modern treaties, the duty to consult framework and practical strategies.

The historic narrative and constitutional framework

An overview of the case law and key legal concepts from the last 40 years

Understanding historic treaties – the context, perspectives and contemporary realities

The Indian Act: key issues for practitioners and policy makers

“Section 35” – understanding its purpose, framework and emerging issues

Understanding modern day treaties using case studies and a Canada wide comparative analysis, including First Nation, Inuit and Métis perspectives

Addressing overlapping territories, private lands, submerged land and waterways

The Duty to Consult and Accommodate – its origins, recent case law developments and current practices

Consultation approaches, policies and perspectives across Canada, including best practices

Indigenous self-governance

UNDRIP and what it means going forward

Who Should Attend

Lawyers practicing in the areas of Aboriginal law, natural resources, environmental and Constitutional law

Government lawyers/officials – federal, provincial and municipal sectors

In-house Counsel, particularly those working in the energy, resource and infrastructure development sectors

Leaders, councilors and advisors of Indigenous communities

Negotiators and mediators for industry, government and Indigenous communities


Program Directors

Sandra A. Gogal

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Renée Pelletier

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Advisory Board

Keith B. Bergner

Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Christopher Devlin

DGW Law Corporation, Victoria

Peter W. Hutchins

Hutchins Legal Inc., Montréal

Thomas Isaac

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver

Robert Janes K.C.

JFK Law Corporation, Victoria

Peter R. Lemmond

Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office – Civil

Naiomi W. Metallic

Burchells LLP, Halifax


Melanie Mathieson

Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Branch, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

“Speakers were top notch in their conveying of information and experts on the subject matter. Presentations were pertinent to the topic matter. Personal experience always adds to the quality of information as well.”


View the 2024 program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. A detailed agenda for the upcoming program will be available soon.

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$3,795 + TAX


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Bursary – Indigenous Learners

OsgoodePD Bursary for Indigenous Learners OsgoodePD offers financial assistance to individual learners who identify as Indigenous (defined as Status, Non-Status, Metis, and Inuit). A limited number of bursaries are available, and these will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Certificate of Program Completion

To be eligible for the Osgoode Certificate, participants must complete all six modules and receive a passing grade on each of the post-program day multiple choice assessments. All must be completed by May 13, 2024.

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Substantive40h 15m
Professionalism2h 15m
EDI2h 30m
Total45h CPD

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