ILS Committee Members

Gordon Christie - Chair

Professor Christie, B.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Inuvialuit) is Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program. Professor Christies research interests include aboriginal law, trans- cultural tort law, Indigenous legal orders and legal theory. Professor Christie has published in the areas of aboriginal rights and protection, aboriginal citizenship, and treaty interpretation.

Douglas Harris

Professor Harris is the holder of the Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History. He holds a B.A. from UBC, LL.B. from Toronto, LL.M. from UBC and completed his Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall.  Professor Harris writes and teaches in the areas of property law, legal history, fisheries law, and Aboriginal rights. His published writing includes histories of the fisheries and of relations between Aboriginal peoples and the state in British Columbia, analyses of title registration systems, studies of property law in urban settings, and work on the interpretation of Aboriginal and treaty rights.

Johnny Mack

Assistant Professor Mack holds a LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Victoria and held a prestigious national Trudeau scholarship as a doctoral student. He has published and presented on Indigenous law and constitutionalism, anthropology, and colonialism and is involved in a number of collaborative research projects related to these areas.

Patricia Barkaskas

Instructor Patricia Barkaskas earned a M.A. in History, with a focus on Indigenous histories in North America, and a J.D., with a specialization in social justice, from the University of British Columbia. She is a sole practitioner and practices in the areas of child protection (as parent’s counsel), criminal, and family law, and has practiced prison and civil law. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked for Residential school survivors as an historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. In addition she has written Gladue reports for the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Her teaching and research interests include restorative justice and experiential learning in clinical legal education. Patricia was born in Alberta and is Métis from the Lac Ste. Anne Cree/Métis and Red River Métis communities.