Indigenous law scholar John Borrows receives honorary degree from York University


TORONTO, June 22, 2018 ─ Indigenous law scholar John Borrows, who is internationally acclaimed for his publications, research and community activism, was recognized with an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University today.

Borrows, who received his honorary degree during Osgoode Hall Law School’s spring convocation ceremony, has had a celebrated academic career at several eminent institutions. Currently, he holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

He is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation and each year, he hosts a law camp for 50 Osgoode students, introducing them to Anishinaabek law. The camp uses a range of activities designed to immerse students in understanding Anishinaabek law and enlighten them to critical thinking.

The author of seven books and more than 60 papers, Borrows’ research has shaped the recommendations of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, a recipient of an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, and a recipient of the Killam Prize in Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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