John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. Borrows is from Anishinaabe from the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario. From a young age he was taught the importance of education and learning. His grandfather used to tell him that our minds are like parachutes; they work best when they’re open. Sitting around kitchen tables with his aunts, uncles, cousins, mother and grandparents was often like being in an advanced academic seminar. Time after time the talk would range through philosophy, geology, history, religion, political science and law. The ideas were usually big and they were generously mixed with teasing, wild speculation, humour and tears.
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