The 19th annual Kawaskimhon moot held earlier this month at the University of Western Ontario marked the first time that law students from Thompson Rivers University have attended a national moot.
The moot’s topic – whether First Nations should be able to convert some of their reserve lands into fee simple title – was especially fitting, as the issue is of great local significance for Kamloops. TRU’s delegates were pleased to have access to local experts in preparation for the moot.
Even the format of the non-competitive moot reflected the subject, as participants “attempted to negotiate a consensus over 3 days in a talking circle format, drawing on indigenous approaches to dispute resolution.”
TRU’s four delegates were Murray Sholty, Mardi Edmunds, Miranda Seymour and Chrystie Stewart, who were coached by Dr. Janna Promislow.
See more about TRU’s experience at the Kawaskimhon Moot 2013 in the Prince George Citizen.