The Speakers

Dr. Michael Asch worked with the Northern Dene over the 1970s and 80s, aiding them in treaty-based land claims when they were facing the prospect of Alaskan Pipeline development through their territories, and in the 1990s was Senior Research Associate for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He is recipient of the Canadian Anthropology Society’s Weaver-Tremblay Prize in Applied Anthropology and an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University; author of the landmark book Home and Native Land: Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Constitution (1984) among other books, as well as many articles and chapters on the history of Anthropological, Legal, and Political thought and their effects for Indigenous peoples relations with Canada.



Dr. John Borrows is Anishinabek / Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario. Author of numerous articles and books, his Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law, received the Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science. Professor Borrows is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice as well as innumerable gifts of honour from Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world, a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada.



Dr. James Tully is among the most influential political philosophers in Canada and beyond, author or editor of eight books and many articles in the field of contemporary political and legal philosophy and its history, and in Canadian political and legal philosophy. He was also a Senior advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Killam prize in recognition of his distinguished career and exceptional contributions to Canadian social science scholarship and public life. His monographs include the two-volume Public Philosophy in a New Key (Cambridge, 2008), Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in the Age of Diversity (Cambridge, 1995), and A Discourse on Property: John Locke and his Adversaries (Cambridge, 1980).


Sherry Pictou [bio to come]