Indian World My Home and Native Land
Indian World My Home and Native Land

CIGI’s explores the relationship of international laws to Indigenous peoples’ own laws. This research stream is led by Indigenous legal experts and collaborative partnerships in order to contribute to improved, innovative governance of nation-to-nation relationships, within Canada and globally.

Image: Indian World My Home and Native Land, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, 2012, 304 x 213 cm, acrylic on canvas (Courtesy of the artist and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, photo credit: Barb Choit)

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Research Activities



John Borrows

John Borrows

CIGI Senior Fellow

John Borrows is a CIGI senior fellow. In this role, John will provide guidance and help shape the program’s international indigenous law research. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre.

Brenda L. Gunn

CIGI Fellow

Brenda L. Gunn is a CIGI fellow. In this role, Brenda will explore comparative approaches and best practices for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) internationally. She is also an associate professor in the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

Joshua Nichols

CIGI Fellow

Joshua Nichols is a CIGI fellow, effective December 2016. In this role, Joshua will explore the potential implications of UNDRIP’s implementation for constitutional law.