Weaving Traditions: Keynote presentation celebrates Indigenous Awareness Week

May 18, 2021 - Defence Stories


Dr. John Borrows

Indigenous Awareness Week will take place May 25-28, 2021 and will be an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the rich diversity of the cultures, traditions and values of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. To celebrate this year, the Canadian Army is pleased to invite all members of the Defence Team to participate in a virtual keynote presentation.


Thursday, May 27, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST (Bilingual session)

To participate:

This session will be held over Zoom. To join the event, follow the event link or enter the webinar ID credentials at the date and time of the event.

* Zoom is not compatible with DWAN, so please view the video on your mobile device, or copy the URL and paste it into a browser on a personal device.

Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83141923784?pwd=bkxOZWdXSFlYYnNCT1FySkhlK044Zz09 (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website)

Webinar ID: 831 4192 3784

Password (case-sensitive): IAW


Keynote presentation: Weaving Traditions

Indigenous peoples actively work to strengthen their communities in the face of significant conflict within and beyond their reserves, settlements and homelands. They regulate their affairs and resolve their disputes by reference to many sources of authority. This presentation considers how Indigenous peoples use their own legal traditions alongside other standards to search for peace and order in their relations with others. It will provide positive examples of how Indigenous peoples are using their laws to create brighter futures.

Presented by: Dr. John Borrows

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 Canada: The 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.),  and 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, 2019 Molson Prize winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award winner, and 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. Dr. Borrows is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

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