[AIS Job Talk] Professor John Borrows – “Making Meaning: Indigenous Education and Student Action”
“Making Meaning: Indigenous Education and Student Action”
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
3 pm – 4:15 pm PST
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Education is related to self-determination. Facilitating Indigenous student research, advocacy, negotiation and hard work can widen our views about what at times seems impossible – respecting Indigenous peoples’ search for life’s purposes within and beyond the university’s and nation state’s frameworks. Through their activism and scholarship, Indigenous and other students can shed greater light on our institutional collective past, present and future.
John Borrows is the Law Foundation Professor in Aboriginal Justice and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and has taught at several other law school in Canada, including the University of Toronto Law School. He held the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at Minnesota Law School from 2009-2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Officer of the Order of Canada, the Presential Medal from the Canada Bar Association and several “Best Book” awards. With respect to teaching, his course package has included U.S. Federal Indian Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Racism and the Law, Property, Contracts, Tribal Courts, and Environmental law.
According to Borrows, his scholarly project centers on “how Indigenous People’s own laws and legal traditions contain practices, processes, and principles for regulating behavior and resolving disputes within and beyond Indigenous communities.” Another way to describe Borrows’ work would be say that he employs Indigenous epistemologies to engage and settle legal and political disputes within Indigenous communities and between those communities and what the literature refers to as “settler-colonizing states.”
Borrows’s degrees include a J.D. and L.LM. from the University of Toronto and a PhD. from Osgoode Hall Law School.