Sarah Morales: Cooperation or Conquest: Coast Salish Legal Traditions & the Canadian State | Video

First Nations’ Rights: The Gap Between Law and Practice: A Series of Five Talks

The 2011-2012 series was sponsored by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (HTG), Amnesty International and the Vancouver Public Library

ALL TALKS IN THE SERIES: 1. Grace Woo: Ghost Dancing with Colonialism | 2. Robert Morales: Seeking Justice Elsewhere | 3. Kenneth Deer: Indigenous Rights in the UN System | 4. Cindy Blackstock: Discrimination in Canada & a landmark human rights case | 5. Sarah Morales: Coast Salish Legal Traditions & the Canadian State

Cowichan Tribes member Sarah Morales, J.D., LL.M., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria.

Sarah explained Coast Salish legal traditions —snuw’uyulh— and their displacement during and after the colonial period. She also examined legal pluralism and the potential for such a system today in Canada.


Jean Kavanagh, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Vancouver Public Library, Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Renee Racette, lawyer with the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group introduce Sarah Morales at the Vancouver Public Library on May 17, 2012.

Part 1: Sarah Morales

Part 2: Sarah Morales, continued