John Borrows

John Borrows Photo - Speaker at SOK Forum 2107

John Borrows

John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie) F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (2015), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed), all from the University of Toronto Press.

2017 Forum Talk

Over the past three years law students have been briefly introduced to ways of thinking about and practicing Anishinaabe law at Neyaahshiinigmiing. Students from Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto Law School have begun to learn that Canada’s legal traditions are broader than the common law and civil law traditions. The Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for law schools to create Indigenous-focused courses. Land-based education can give law students and others a meaningful context for exploring the place of Indigenous inaakonigewin as it is found in the natural world. This talk will address how Anishinaabe land-based education might be more fully utilized to introduce others to the laws flowing from our living earth.

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