Awards & Funding

Partial funding for tuition, books and housing may be available to you as an Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaw student, on the basis of need. We expect that you will explore all options for financing your education, including student loans, the Federal Department of Justice Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Program (LSAP) and possible Band funding, prior to the beginning of your first year.

Students who are eligible make a funding application to the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaw (IB&M) Standing Committee. The Committee assesses each application and awards funding based on need. The Standing Committee is made up of four members of the law faculty, including the Director of the Initiative, representatives from the IB&M Advisory Council and two student representatives from the Initiative.

IB&M students may also apply for general bursary assistance available to all law students.

Friends of the Initiative

The IB&M Initiative greatly appreciates the financial support of:

  • The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • The Law Foundation of Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Department of Justice
  • Dalhousie University
  • The Schulich School of Law

The IB&M Initiative also wishes to recognize the support of the following individuals and organizations who have provided support over the years:

  • Alex MacIntosh
  • Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • The Schulich School of Law
  • Dalhousie University Honderich Investments Ltd.
  • Dr. Ruth Padmore
  • Imasco Inc.
  • John Labatt Ltd.
  • Law Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Law Foundation of Ontario
  • Nova Corp, Atla
  • Secretary of State (Department of Multiculturalism and Citizenship)
  • Torstar
  • Walter & Gordon Duncan Foundation


Judge Corrine Sparks Award

Judge Corrine E Sparks was appointed to the Nova Scotia Family Court in 1987, and became the first African Nova Scotian to be appointed to the bench, and the first African Canadian female to serve on the judiciary in Canada. Throughout her career, Judge Sparks has actively fostered and facilitated judical education and developed educational programs in the area of social context judical education. 

The Judge Corrine Sparks Award was established by the Dalhousie Black Law Students' Association in honour of the outstanding contributions to the legal community made by Judge Sparks. The purpose of the award is to celebrate those students that are committed to using their legal education as a tool for change in their community. The award is presented once a year to the student whose personal and academic endeavours most accurately reflect Judge Sparks' spirit of leadership and community service. The award winner shares the award with a community group of his or her choosing.