Dr. Douglas Sanderson

Dr. Douglas Sanderson

Member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Associate Professor Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He began his university studies at Simon Fraser, and was the managing editor of the inaugural edition of the Indigenous Law Journal in 2002, while a student in the JD program at U of T. He went on to complete his LL.M at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Douglas was both a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Back at the U of T, he received the Students Law Society Partnership Award in 2009-2010.
Douglas is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and he has been deeply engaged in Aboriginal issues from a policy perspective. From 2004-2007 he was a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario, first in the Office of the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and later, to the Attorney General.
Douglas’s research areas include Aboriginal and legal theory, as well as private law (primarily property law) and public and private legal theory. His work uses the lens of material culture and property theory to examine the nature of historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and possible avenues for redress. Moving beyond the framework of common law property rights and constitutional land/treaty rights, his scholarship focuses on Aboriginal institutions, post-colonial reconciliation and rebuilding community.


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Wampum Diplomacy in the Early and Middle Encounter Period Full Day October 24, 2019


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