John Borrows Appointed Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership

John Borrows has been appointed as Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre. The Nexen Chair leads research and reporting on critical success factors among Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada at the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at The Banff Centre. Professor Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at UVic, will remain on the UVic campus.

He teaches in the area of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Law, and Environmental Law. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the 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, all from the University of Toronto Press. Professor Borrows is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada's highest academic honor, and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (I.P.C.) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honor and integrity in service to Indigenous communities. John is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

The Nexen Chair was established in 2008 at the Banff Centre and Professor Borrows will serve as its third Chair following Dr. Lois E. Edge and Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.