The Resurgence of Indigenous Law in Canada

March 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Dr. Shannonbrooke Murphy

Dr. John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, will deliver the 2022 Lodhi Memorial Lecture in Human Rights on Thursday, March 3 at 7PM Atlantic Standard Time. The lecture will be online and will take place on Zoom.

In his talk, “The Resurgence of Indigenous Law in Canada”, Dr. Borrows will reflect on the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Indigenous peoples use law to regulate their affairs and resolve their disputes,” Dr. Borrows explains. “Indigenous law functions through standards, principles, criteria, measures, guideposts, tradition, precedent, and processes to provide intellectual and cultural resources for making decisions.”

Indigenous law is growing in force and importance and this talk will discuss how and why this is occurring. In the process, legislatures, courts, corporations, law schools and other institutions in Canada are increasingly having to grapple with Indigenous law and Canadian law related to Indigenous peoples. This talk will discuss how Indigenous peoples law is an increasingly active force across the land.

Register for the lecture HERE.

About the speaker
Dr.  John Borrows is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include, Recovering CanadaThe Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award 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 (Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.), Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.), Law’s Indigenous Ethics (2020 Best subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2020 W. Wes Pue Best book award from the Canadian Law and Society Association).

He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.