What is Public Legal Education?

Public Legal Education (PLE) is an approach to educating the community at large about rights and legal issues that affect their lives. PLE has links with community development, education and complements legal and advice services. 

Our PLE Program DOES NOT provide legal services but WE DO work closely with communities and organizations to coordinate workshops, seminars and information sessions on a variety of legal topics. 

The Portage College Public Legal Education (PLE) Program is a public service initiative offered in partnership with the Alberta Law Foundation. The program offers learning opportunities to First Nations and Métis communities and to the general public in North Eastern Alberta through the provision of information, resources, and education on a variety of legal topics.

Topics offered vary from year to year and have included:

  • The A-B-C’s of the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act
  • Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights & Justice: Equality Rights of Aboriginal People
  • Aboriginal Hunting & Fishing Rights
  • Activism 101 & The Idle No More Movement
  • Addictions and the Law
  • Blanket Exercise: Understanding Historic Trauma and its Impact on Indigenous People Today
  • Child Protection in Alberta: Signs of Safety Framework
  • Colonialism & Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Cyber Bullying
  • De-Mystifying Divorce in Alberta
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment Rights
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • F.A.S.D. & The Law
  • Finding Good Legal Information
  • Gang Awareness
  • Gladue Reporting
  • Healthy Vs Unhealthy Relationships: The Circle of Domestic Violence
  • Historic Trauma & Aboriginal Client Services Workshop
  • Hunting on Metis Settlements
  • Identity Theft
  • Indigenous Inherent Right and Economic Rights
  • Just Cause/Going to Court/ Breach and Administration of Justice Charges/
  • Kinship and Foster Care
  • Landlord & Tenant Rights
  • Lateral Violence in Aboriginal Communities: A Legacy of Colonialism
  • Legal & Cultural Aspects of Métisism
  • Legal Research 101
  • Matrimonial Property on Reserve
  • The Metis in Alberta: From Road Allowance People to Protected Lands & Legislation
  • The Métis Nation of Alberta & Legislation/Agreements
  • Money Matters (Payday Loans in Alberta)
  • Parenting – Legal Rights and Responsibilities
  • Record Suspensiosn (formally Pardons)
  • Restorative Justice & Sentencing Circles
  • Self-Representation in Court
  • Traffic Law In Alberta
  • Understanding Aboriginal Identity
  • Victims of Crime: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • Wills and Estates Planning
  • Youth Criminal Justice Act

We Welcome Partnerships

    Our PLE Program is always looking for opportunities to deliver workshops in communities in our service area. If you have an idea for a PLE workshop in your classroom, organization or community, please get in touch with us. We will help you coordinate a workshop and/or connect you with resources. Most sessions are free!

     To request or book a seminar or workshop, please contact:

    Shelley Jackson | Program Coordinator | shelley.jacksonATportagecollege.ca | 780- 623-5680