Napoleon Bio

Dr. Val Napoleon, IPC, Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, and Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit and the JID-JD, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria.

I research and partner with Indigenous peoples on Indigenous legal traditions, legal theories, feminisms, citizenship, self-determination, human rights, lands and resources, and governance. My recent major initiatives include establishing the Indigenous Law Research Unit in 2012, and the JID/JD (dual law degree) program now in its second year. I teach Indigenous feminist legal studies, property (common law and Gitxsan land and property law), and Indigenous legal theories and methodologies. I am Cree from Saulteau First Nation (Treaty 8 northeast BC) and I am adopted into the House of Luuxhon, Ganada, Gitanyow (northern Gitxsan).