October 29, 2018
Associate Professor Darlene Johnston’s passion and dedication to the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada has played a significant role in shaping and expanding Indigenous legal education at the Allard School of Law.
Her contributions to the Allard School of Law community were recently recognized with the Jim Taylor, QC Faculty Scholar Award, a $5,000 research grant - generously supported by Harris & Co - awarded annually to a faculty member. The award recognizes those who consistently give more than their fair share of time and energy to the law school, especially in those aspects of their activity that bring no material reward.
In her near decade at UBC, Professor Johnston has dedicated herself to supporting Indigenous students both as a mentor and through the development of new and innovative programs. Among other initiatives, she was the catalyst for re-invigorating the Academic Success Program, which provides workshops, tutoring, and academic advising for Indigenous students.
Outside the classroom, Professor Johnston has given countless public lectures on a wide-range of important and timely issues around Indigenous perspectives on law when approaching the study of Indigenous issues.
She is often approached by other faculty who are looking to add Indigenous perspective to their course or research projects. In nominating Professor Johnston for this award, her colleagues said this about her: “She is never too busy to assist a colleague trying to expand their own understanding of Indigenous issues or to assist non-Indigenous colleagues in finding their way as allies of our Indigenous students. She does this in an immensely supportive and non-judgmental way which makes it so easy to go back to her with questions when necessary.”
Congratulations to Professor Johnston on this well-deserved recognition!