Lessons for laws and lives from Indigenous traditions

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CMHR President's Lecture series continues with scholar John Borrows

Anishinaabe scholar, author and lawyer John Borrows will deliver the second address in the President's Lecture Series, introduced this year at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

Borrows' lecture on Monday evening (March 26) will touch on themes raised in his 2016 book, Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism, which celebrates the liberating potential of Indigenous traditions and spirituality, considers their value as the basis for good laws and good lives, and critiques the failure of Canada's constitution and legal system to recognize the significance of Indigenous values and beliefs.

Borrows is from the Chippewa of Nawash First Nation on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario. He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. The Canada Council for the Arts named Borrows the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences for his extensive research in Indigenous law. 

WHAT: President's Lecture with John Borrows

WHEN: Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: CMHR, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, 85 Israel Asper Way

The evening includes a conversation between CMHR President John Young and Borrows, and a question‐and‐answer period with the audience. Niigaan Sinclair, a University of Manitoba assistant professor in Indigenous literature, histories and politics, will act as moderator.

The event will end with a book signing and a meet‐and‐greet with Borrows. His book, Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism, is available for purchase at the Boutique. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, with a group rate of $15 for purchases of 10 or more tickets. CMHR members' admission rate is $15.

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