This year, Mandell Pinder LLP was proud to once again sponsor and assist with coaching the UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law moot team for the Kawaskimhon Moot.
The Kawaskimhon Moot was first held at the University of Toronto in 1994 and welcomes students from nearly every law faculty across what is now known as Canada each year. Kawaskimhon – a nehiyawewin (Cree language) word roughly translated to “speaking with knowledge” – is a consensus-based, non-adversarial moot that sees Indigenous legal traditions utilized alongside federal, provincial, and international law. Mooters participate in roundtable negotiations on a particular topic engaging Indigenous law and Aboriginal law, representing their assigned party.
This year the moot was held at the University of Montreal and required the students to negotiate a complex agreement relating to a hydro-electric transmission line being proposed by Hydro-Québec. Working with UBC coaches Lee Schmidt and Patricia Barkaskas, Stephen Mussell and Virginia Mathers helped to coach UBC student team Chloe Trudel and Taylor Lanthier.
We congratulate Chloe and Taylor on their thoughtful and dedicated participation in the moot, and thank all those involved in organizing.