2019 Hagey Lecture: Living Indigenous Law in CanadaExport this event to calendar

Monday, March 25, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, will deliver the 2019 Hagey Lecture, “Living Indigenous Law in Canada,” at the University of Waterloo on March 25.

Borrows' forthcoming book, Law’s Indigenous Ethics, examines how Indigenous law can shed light on Canadian law's approach to treaties, Aboriginal title, legal education, and the continuing legacy of residential schools. The Anishinaabe legal lens for this event is organized around seven grandmother/grandfather teachings: love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty and respect. Anishinaabe stories, language, theories and practices are blended with detailed analysis of Canadian case law, statutes, policies and constitutional practices to illustrate the possibilities and limits of the grandmother/grandfather teachings.

A catered reception will follow the lecture, during which you can purchase books by the speaker.

John BorrowsAbout the speaker

John Borrows is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (2011), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), and Law’s Indigenous Ethics (forthcoming). He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

About the Hagey Lectures

Waterloo's premier invitational public lecture series since 1970, the Hagey Lectures—named after the university's first president—are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo.

The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University, but all members of this community.

Getting to the lecture

Federation Hall is located inside the University of Waterloo's Ring Road, near the Columbia Street entrance.

Free parking spaces are limited and we encourage you to use public or active transportation if possible. There are bus stops on campus for Grand River Transit routes 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 31, 92, 200, and 202. 

Free parking is available near the venue in University parking lot R and there is paid parking in lot N ($5.00) or M ($6.00). Both paid lots take credit cards and coins.

A map showing the location of Federation Hall and nearby parking lots.


There will be live captioning during the lecture. Federation Hall is wheelchair accessible. There is no accessible parking immediately outside the building, but there is drop-off space. Please email laura.mcdonald@uwaterloo.ca if you have other accessibility needs or inquiries.

FED - Federation Hall

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1