It’s hard to imagine #TheNext150 in a concrete & grounded way – the next 150 years in Canada will be fraught with great debate and vigourous discourse on that a “future Canada” might look like. One thing is clear – the status quo won’t work. Without structural and systemic change, at its core, it’d be a failure on Indigenous political leaders and the Government of Canada, if they failed to dig deeper than just tinkering around the edges of the Indian Act. 

In this premiere episode of “Five Questions With…” our editor, Tara WIlliamson sits down with Anishinaabe Legal Scholar, John Borrows. Borrows’ work provides future considerations on the collision between Canadian law and Indigenous law in an exploration of what “future Canada” might look like.



John Borrows is an Anishinaabe scholar from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. He is the Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria and was awarded a prestigious Killam Prize in 2017 for his tireless work in the field of Indigenous law. He has also been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has published numerous articles and books in his field. Most recently, he is spearheading a proposed joint degree program at the University of Victoria where students will graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Doctor of Indigenous Legal Orders (JID).

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