John Borrows wins Donald Smiley book Prize

Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism John Borrows' book Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism has won the Donald Smiley Prize for the 2017 best book in Canadian Political Science.

His book, which can be found here, demonstrates "how Canada’s constitutional structures marginalize Indigenous peoples’ ability to exercise power in the real world." He uses "Ojibwe law, stories, and principles to suggest alternative ways in which Indigenous peoples can work to enhance freedom."

This is the second time John Borrows has won the prize; the first time was in 2003 for Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law. He was also shortlisted for the prize in 2010 for his book Canada's Indigenous Constitution

The Canadian Political Science Association established the prize to honour the life and work of Donald V. Smiley (1921-1990) and to encourage the ideals of scholarship represented by this great Canadian political scientist. An internationally renowned professor of Canadian government and politics and later Professor Emeritus at York University, Professor Smiley served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association. The CPSA awards the Donald Smiley Prize to the best book published in English or in French in the field relating to the study of government and politics in Canada.

Congratulations John!