|Present||Associate Professor & Director, Indigenous Outreach, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University|
Assistant: Zoe Alexandra
Finding a Path to Reconciliation: Mandatory Indigenous Law, Anishinaabe Pedagogy, and Academic Freedom 95 Canadian Bar Review 1 (2017)
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called on law schools in Canada to make Indigenous law a mandatory component of legal education. In its final report, the Commission provides the outline of a rationale in ...
“The lands…belonged to them, once by the Indian title, twice for having defended them…and thrice for having built and lived on them”: The Law and Politics of Métis Title Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2016)
To predict what is on the horizon of the Métis legal landscape, we can look to jurisprudence on First Nations’ rights, given that Métis rights cases are typically ten to fifteen years behind those of ...
Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada (2019)
This edited collection features essays by Indigenous legal academics from across Canada about renewing relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Some Indigenous nations might embrace principles of reconciliation as reflecting a renewed relationship, while others reject the concept ...
Contributions to Books (4)
Indigenous Oral Traditions in Court: Hearsay or Foreign Law? Karen Drake & Brenda L. Gunn, eds, Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada (Saskatoon: Native Law Centre, 2019). (2019)
Many Indigenous nations seek a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Canada. To some, the language of a nation-to-nation relationship might seem aspirational but impractical. How can nation-to-nation relationships within a single state be effected on the ...
The Impact of St Catherine's Milling Law Society of Upper Canada, ed, Special Lectures 2017: Canada at 150: The Charter and the Constitution (Toronto: Irwin Law and the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018) (2018)
St Catherine’s Milling may seem like a peculiar choice as one of the three constitutional cases that helped to define Canada as a nation, given that most of the legal principles affirmed by Lord Watson, ...
An Anishinaabe Constitutional Order The Honourable Justice Patrick Smith, ed, Reconciliation in Canadian Courts: A Guide for Judges to Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Context and Practice (Ottawa: National Judicial Institute, 2017) pp. 260 (2017)
This chapter provides a brief introduction to the constitutional order that underlies Anishinaabe law. The focus is not on Anishinaabe law itself; an undistorted understanding of Anishinaabe law is impossible without first understanding the underlying ...
Language Rights as Aboriginal Rights: From Words to Action Kiera L Ladner & Myra J Tait, Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal (Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2017) (2017)
Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada must include the revitalization of Indigenous languages. The fundamental purpose of section 35(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982 -- which provides constitutional protection to Aboriginal and treaty ...
Syndicated interviews with nine CBC radio stations various CBC radio stations (2016)
Syndicated interviews with nine CBC radio stations (April 15, 2016):- “Information Morning: Saint John”, CBC New Brunswick, hosted by Hance Colburne, 6 am ET.- “Morning North”, CBC Sudbury, hosted by Markus Schwabe, 6:20 am ET.- ...
Aboriginal Advocates: How Karen Drake Is Educating The Next Generation Of Law Professionals (2016)
Veronica Yao, “Aboriginal Advocates: How Karen Drake Is Educating The Next Generation Of Law Professionals”, Talent Egg (February 8, 2016), online: <http://talentegg.ca/incubator/2016/02/08/aboriginal-advocates-karen-drakeeducating-generation-law-professionals/>. Interviewed about the benefits of Aboriginal peoples pursuing a career in law.
Truth and Reconciliation Makeover: Law Schools Ponder How to Teach Aboriginal Law (2016)
Neil Etienne, “Truth and Reconciliation Makeover: Law Schools Ponder How to Teach Aboriginal Law” Law Times (11 January 2016). Interviewed about how best to fulfill the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #28.
The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti (2016)
“The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti”, CBC Radio (January 6, 2016 at 9 am), online: <http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-6-2015-1.3391305/aboriginal-lawyers-hopeful-about-the-future-of-indigenous-law-incanada-1.3391360>. Interviewed by Connie Walker about the future of Aboriginal law in Canada.
Providing High-Quality Service to Indigenous Clients (2016)
Nora Rock, “Providing High-Quality Service to Indigenous Clients” (January 2016) 15:1 LawPRO Magazine, online:<http://www.practicepro.ca/LawPROmag/High_Quality_Service_Indigenous_Clients.pdf>. Interviewed about incorporating Anishinaabe and Métis laws within legal education.
Bridge Builder: Karen Drake addresses controversial question (2014)
Jody Porter, “Bridge Builder: Karen Drake addresses controversial question” CBCNews-Thunder Bay (29 September 2014) online: <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/bridge-builder-karen-drakeaddresses-controversial-question-1.2778241>. Interviewed about research on the justification for Aboriginal rights.- Audio interview aired 29 September 2014 at 7:45 am on ...
Thunder Bay is ready for take off. Here's why young lawyers should care (2014)
Daniel Fish, “Thunder Bay is ready for take off. Here's why young lawyers should care”, Precedent Magazine (September 3, 2014) online: <http://lawandstyle.ca/law/thunder-bay-is-ready-for-takeoff/>. Quoted on the expectations of small-firm practice.