Reconciliation through Reading

January 26, 2017

With the start of a new year the Faculty of Law’s Indigenous Initiatives Office (IIO) challenged each student, faculty and staff member to make and keep a reconciliation resolution. A reconciliation resolution is an action that will help the country move towards a better relationship with Indigenous people and the IIO suggest committing to three over the year.

One of the suggested activities includes reading and learning more about Indigenous people in Canada and the resolution process. With that in mind, here are some resources that can help you fulfill that resolution.

Bora Laskin Law Library

Indigenous Perspectives Collection reading list

Aboriginal Law in Canada research guide

Truth and Reconciliation Commission research guide

University of Toronto

Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin: Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Indigenous Studies research guide

The Indigenous History of Toronto research guide

More Indigenous Studies research guides

Broader Community

Residential School Reading List, Senator Murray Sinclair (Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada)

Reading for Reconciliation, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples

A Reconciliation Reading List: 15 Must-Read Books, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Read for Reconciliation, Saskatoon Public Library

Most of the books and resources listed in these guides will be available at U of T (check the catalogue here). If not, Library staff can help arrange an inter-library loan for you.

Don’t forget to share your #ReconciliationResolution online: @UTLawIIO and @LaskinLawLib

Food for thought: Legal research

January 12, 2017

With a new year comes new ideas and new plans. Here are some recent articles relevant to legal research:

Chung, Philip and Greenleaf, Graham and Mowbray, Andrew, Models for a Global System for Free Access to Legal Information: The WorldLII Approach (July 20, 2016). Available at SSRN:

Landry, R. J. Empirical Scientific Research and Legal Studies Research—A Missing Link. Journal of Legal Studies Education (2016) 33: 165–170. doi:10.1111/jlse.12038

Mart, Susan Nevelow, The Algorithm as a Human Artifact: Implications for Legal {Re}Search (October 26, 2016). Available at SSRN:

Osborne, Caroline L., The Legal Research Plan and the Research Log: An Examination of the Role of the Research Plan and Research Log in the Research Process (2016) 35: 3 179-194.

Street, Leslie Anne and Nevers, Shawn G., A Golden Opportunity: Legal Research Simulation Courses (May 23, 2016). AALL Spectrum, Volume 20, No. 4, pp. 18-21. Available at SSRN:

Whisner, Mary, On Specialized Legal Research (Summer 2016). Law Library Journal, Vol. 108, No. 3, Pp. 483-88 (2016); University of Washington School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN:


New Books in the Library – December 2016

January 11, 2017

Below are just a few of our new books. Check out the entire December 2016 Acquisitions List to see all the new books in the library.


Price paid : the fight for First Nations survival /

E78 .C2 S386 2016
Title: Price paid : the fight for First Nations survival / Bev Sellars ; foreword and excerpts by Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Hereditary Chief Bill Wilson).
Publication info: Vancouver, BC : Talonbooks, 2016.
Subject: Indians of North America–Canada–History.
Subject: Indians of North America–Legal status, laws, etc.–Canada.




Democratizing legal services : obstacles and opportunities /

K133 .S63 2016
Title: Democratizing legal services : obstacles and opportunities / Laura Snyder.
Publication info: Lanham [Md.] : Lexington Books, 2016.
Subject: Legal services.
Subject: Legal assistance to the poor.
Subject: Practice of law.




Reinforcing rule of law oversight in the European Union /

KJE5037 .R45 2016
Title: Reinforcing rule of law oversight in the European Union / edited by Carlos Closa, Dimitry Kochenov.
Publication info: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Subject: Rule of law–European Union countries.

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