The Nature of Justice

with Dr. John Borrows, Jeffrey Nicholls and Susan Smitten

December 9, 2020
5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern
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Dr. John Borrows

Dr. Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.​​​

Jeff Nicholls

Jeff Nicholls is a member of the Raven Clan of the Tsimshian Nation. He completed his law degree at the University of Victoria, having previously graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science and Indigenous Studies. Jeff is very passionate about asserting and supporting Indigenous legal orders, having worked with the Indigenous Law Research Unit to articulate Tsimshian law. 

Susan Smitten

Susan created and has managed the only non-for-profit corporate charity in Canada with a mission to raise legal defence funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories and the environment.  She is committed to being a living example for her daughter, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the values that RAVEN represents.

Susan is also an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose past projects communicate the connection between environmental issues and First Nations’ stewardship of the land. 

You are invited...

Join RAVEN now as a monthly donor and get an exclusive invite to a webinar Wednesday, December 9th with Anishnabe & Ojibwe scholar Dr. John Borrows! 

The co-founder of Canada’s first joint degree program in Indigenous and Canadian law, Borrows will  be joining RAVEN’s Susan Smitten and lawyer Jeff Nicholls for a storied conversation about the nature of justice.

Many Indigenous people are, due to environmental racism, stuck deep into ecological messes that most people never have to contend with.

Desecrated fishing grounds.  Poisoned drinking water. Despoiled wetlands.

That’s why it’s so inspiring to encounter people whose eyes are wide open to those calamities, yet who hold their ground, summon their power and find ways to endow the world with grace, and with justice.

John Borrows is one such warrior. On December 9 at 5:00 pm,  the RAVEN legal advisory panel member and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law will be joining founder Susan Smitten for a searching conversation about Dr. Borrow’s role in RAVEN’s recent achievements and to hear about his promising work in revitalizing Indigenous legal traditions through the Joint Law Degree program at the University of Victoria.

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We’ll also hear from Tsimshian lawyer and RAVEN board president Jeff Nicholls, who will illuminate opportunities for the coming year where we can work together to tackle injustice and create better laws.