Applications are now closed. Thank you to all applicants!

The winner will be announced on First Peoples Law's website by September 15.


In order to be considered for the First Peoples Law Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. be an Indigenous student (i.e. First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) currently enrolled at a Canadian law school as a JD candidate as of September 2020; and
  2. have a demonstrated interest in serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples

Application requirements

  1. One of the following:
    1. Reference letter from a member of your home community identifying and confirming your commitments and interests. It is suggested but not required that this reference letter come from a community Elder, elected or hereditary leader, or traditional knowledge-holder

    2. Reference letter from an organization, entity or other body which provides services and supports for or on behalf of Indigenous Peoples
  2. One reference letter from an employer or professor (or other faculty member)

    Please note: your reference letters must be 1) submitted directly by the authors at the following link (click here); 2) written by different individuals; and 3) addressed to First Peoples Law and concern the Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
  3. Proof of enrolment as an Indigenous law student at a Canadian law school from the university registrar or law faculty. Offers of admission and course schedules do not meet this requirement. If you are not yet registered for the fall term (first year law students are sometimes not enrolled until the end of August), please submit a letter from the faculty of law confirming that you have accepted your offer of admission and that you will be registered for the fall term.

    If uploading your proof of enrolment is a problem, please email us at
  4. An essay not exceeding 500 words explaining how you intend to use your law degree to serve and advance the interests of Indigenous Peoples.

First Peoples Law

First Peoples Law was established as a vehicle for defending and advancing Indigenous Peoples'​ Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights. We do this by providing the highest-quality legal services while actively participating in public education.

Our objective is to play a meaningful role in Indigenous Peoples'​ ongoing struggle for a more respectful and equitable world for themselves and their children.

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law is offering a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated interest in serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.

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We acknowledge that COVID-19 continues to have a disproportionate impact on Indigenous people and communities. If you wish to explain how your application for this scholarship has been affected by COVID-19, including its impact on your upcoming term, please do so here.

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