This year’s lecture is being delivered by University of Minnesota law professor John Borrows (pictured). Of Anishinaabe descent, and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation, Borrows obtained his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1991 and his doctorate from Osgoode Hall in 1994.
The title of Borrows’ talk is One Law for All: Understanding Canada’s Indigenous Constitution. Here’s a synopsis:
Canada’s law is Indigenous. While it is heavily dependent on British and French legal traditions, it is also home-grown. Canada’s law needs to become even more Indigenous. In addition to strengthening our European-derived legal traditions, it needs to further reflect the traditions of First Nations, Métis and Innuit peoples. When Canada’s law incorporates the values, customs and ideals of all its peoples within its singular framework, freedom is enhanced, democracy is extended, and the rule of law is strengthened across our land.
The Stapleford Lecture goes at RIC 119 at the University of Regina at 7:30 p.m.