Braiding Legal Orders, Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is edited by John Borrows, Larry Chartrand, Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Risa Schwartz under copyright of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and with the support of and collaboration with the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan. The preface of this work states that the UNDRIP is an opportunity to explore and reconceive the relationship between international law, Indigenous peoples’ own laws and Canada’s constitutional narratives.
In The Right Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties, John Borrows and Michael Coyle bring together a group of renowned scholars, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to cast light on the magnitude of the challenges Canadians face in seeking a consensus on the nature of treaty partnership in the twenty-first century. The diverse perspectives offered in this volume examine how Indigenous people's own legal and policy frameworks can be used to develop healthier attitudes between First Peoples and settler governments in Canada.
Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism by John Borrows demonstrates how Canada’s constitutional structures marginalize Indigenous peoples’ ability to exercise power in the real world, John Borrows uses Ojibwe law, stories, and principles to suggest alternative ways in which Indigenous peoples can work to enhance freedom.
Canada's Indigenous Constitution reflects on the nature and sources of law in Canada, beginning with the conviction that the Canadian legal system has helped to engender the high level of wealth and security enjoyed by people across the country. However, longstanding disputes about the origins, legitimacy, and applicability of certain aspects of the legal system have led John Borrows to argue that Canada's constitution is incomplete without a broader acceptance of Indigenous legal traditions.
The Anishinabek Nation's legal traditions are deeply embedded in many aspects of customary life. In Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide, John Borrows (Kegedonce) skillfully juxtaposes Canadian legal policy and practice with the more broadly defined Anishinabek perception of law as it applies to community life, nature, and individuals. This innovative work combines fictional and non-fictional elements in a series of connected short stories that symbolize different ways of Anishinabek engagement with the world.
Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law is a recent book about the Canadian system of law and governance and how First Nations laws can be applied to the Canadian legal system. The author is a Professor and Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice at the University of Victoria. He is also a member of the Cape Croker First Nation. He brings traditional stories and personal memories of his grandparents to the discussion of the Canadian legal system. His goal is to promote a system of justice that incorporates and respects First Nations laws and governance models.