2024 Indigenous-Aboriginal CBASK OP-ED Contest

  • February 12, 2024

Open to: U of S, College of Law Students
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Prize: $1000

The Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch (CBA-SK) annual student op-ed contest related to Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law is now open. The objective of the op-ed contest is to further interest, scholarly research, and writing on Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law topics by students at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law.

An op-ed represents a strong, informed, and focused opinion of the writer on an issue of relevance.

2024 TOPIC
CBA-SK in a given year has the ability to call for submissions related to specific topical themes and will make compliance with the theme a condition of eligibility for the year.

CBA-SK invites University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law students to submit an op-ed based on a topic of their choice related to Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law.

The award is presented annually for the best op-ed submitted to CBA-SK by an individual who is a full-time or part-time student currently enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law as of April 1, 2024. The subject of the op-ed must relate to Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law.

• Must be no more than 1000 words in length
• Must address a theme of significance in Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law, public policy or public affairs related to Indigenous and/or Aboriginal law
• Must be researched and written by one author, and op-ed must be author’s own original, unpublished work

• Please include an author biography with:

  •  Full Name | Email | Pronouns
  • 1-2 lines with background (i.e. where you are from, where you live, etc.)

• Citations in the McGill Guide format
• Op-eds submitted for a law school course, conference, or symposium are eligible, provided it has not been published
• A good op-ed should have a clearly defined point and point of view
• A good op-ed should focus analysis on defining point and point of view
• A good op-ed does not simply list facts
• The core premise should be obvious in the first sentence or paragraph
• A good op-ed contains the strong, unique voice of the writer

• Must be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman, double spaced
• Must be submitted in a Microsoft Word file format
• URL addresses must not be written out in full, but rather be hyperlinked within the text, including within footnotes or endnotes.

Submissions must not infringe the intellectual property rights of others and must not plagiarize another’s work. Plagiarism is deliberately presenting the ideas, expression of ideas, or work of others as one’s own. Plagiarism includes reproducing or paraphrasing portions of someone else’s published or unpublished material, regardless of the source, and presenting these as one’s own without proper citation or reference to the original source. The CBA-SK reserves the right to assess all submissions for content that potentially infringes on or plagiarizes the work of another and will disqualify any candidate that submits such content.

The award consists of a monetary prize of $1,000.00 and publication of the winner’s op-ed on the CBA-SK website and in BarNotes.

Submitted op-eds will be evaluated by the Essay Committee led by the CBA-SK Outreach Director. The selection committee may decide not to offer an award in any one year.

April 30, 2024 | 4:00PM
Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please email your submission to:
CBA Saskatchewan Branch
Monteen Dent, Executive Director

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