Faculty of Law dean apologizes for assignment that featured Indigenous stereotypes – Varsity

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202057 Views

Dean maintains that this is not indicative of U of T shying away from difficult issues

The Dean of the U of T Faculty of Law, Edward Iacobucci, emailed an apology to all first-year law students in December after an assignment garnered backlash from law students for using racial stereotypes of Indigenous people. A Globe and Mail article drew attention to the story, questioning whether this was discouraging students’ real-world preparation skills.

The assignment asked students to write a legal memo about the effects that the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act would have on a hypothetical case, which involved Indigenous children in foster care, whose parents were experiencing alcohol and substance use disorders.

A recurring racial stereotype of Indigenous peoples is that they are genetically predisposed to alcohol and substance use disorders. However, there is no scientific evidence for this claim. For Indigenous communities, alcohol and substance use disorders are linked to historical social conditions, such as the trauma inflicted by colonial policies like residential schools.

Read More: https://thevarsity.ca/2020/01/12/faculty-of-law-dean-apologizes-for-assignment-that-featured-indigenous-stereotypes/

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