Indigenous Faculty


Gordon Christie

Professor Christie, B.A., LL.B., Ph.D. (Inuvialuit) is Director, Indigenous Legal Studies. 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.


Darlene Johnston

Associate Professor Johnston, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation)  was awarded the designation of Indigenous People’s Counsel from the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada in 2008. Her teaching areas include Indigenous Legal Traditions, Canadian Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, and Law & Colonialism. Her current research focuses on the relationship between totemic identity, territoriality and governance.

Johnny Mack

Assistant Professor Mack ( Nuu-chah-nulth) 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 (Métis) 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.