‘Lakehead Struggles With Indigenizing Law School’

“The appointment of an ‘indigenous’ {they mean ‘aboriginal’} woman as the first Dean of a law school in Canada was supposed to be a watershed moment for Lakehead University {See our previous post below…}. But it’s been nearly 18 months since Angelique EagleWoman resigned and subsequently sued the institution, alleging ‘systemic racism’ at the Thunder Bay university {after she had been accused of Race-based bullying}. Now, Lakehead’s fraught search for a replacement has concluded with a non-‘indigenous’person being chosen as dean, beating out a ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} man for the job. 

“Jula Hughes, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick who once clerked at the Supreme Court and practised labour and ‘human-rights’ law, will assume the position on Oct. 1. She is a German-born legal scholar with expertise in ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} issues…

“In an interview, Dr. Hughes said she was looking forward to using her role as Dean to pursue her long-standing interest in “rebuilding a plausible legal relationship with ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} people{?} by hiring more ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} faculty, taking students to ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} communities in the region {Why?} and reaching out to local ‘tribal councils’ {Why?}.

I really think what Lakehead decided to do when it started the faculty here is tremendously innovative,”
she said, pointing to its inclusion of {discriminatory} ‘aboriginal law’ in its mandate as an example.
It’s a question of growing it.

“Dr. Hughes, the third full-time dean since Lakehead launched its law school in 2013, will take over at a fraught time for the faculty. Ms. EagleWoman, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate Tribe from the United States who was hired in 2016, resigned from the post in April, 2018, citing ‘systemic racism’, and has launched a $2.67-million lawsuit for constructive dismissal and racial discrimination that accused colleagues of creating a hostile work environment.

“Lakehead then hired Patrick Smith, a semi-retired local judge, as interim dean. But local ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} groups objected to the appointment. In 2008, Justice Smith had jailed the ‘KI6’, a group of ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} protesters who had violated a court order in attempting to block a mining project on their {surrendered!} treaty lands. The sentence caused outrage among {only} ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} activists in Thunder Bay and the protesters were later released on appeal. Justice Smith left the post after a few months, succeeded by another interim dean.

‘Playing the Race Card’
“Dr. Hughes beat out a long-time ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} professor at Lakehead for the permanent Dean position. Dennis McPherson, who is a member of Couchiching ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 2,593 people}, was one of the final candidates for the job who were invited to give public presentations to the Lakehead community. He has accused the university of discriminatory treatment before – in 1995, he slept in a tent on campus to protest what he believed was the school’s misappropriation of funds meant for ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} programs – and on Tuesday, he said he believed his identity was a factor in the decision.

It appears they have done exactly what I expected them to do since I am the wrong kind of ‘Indian’,”
he wrote in an e-mail.
I care more about moving Native values forward for the sake of our kids rather than aligning myself with the politics of the institution.”

“Reaction from the Lakehead and Thunder Bay community was mixed. Joshua Sinoway, an ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} law student, said that he would have preferred to see Mr. McPherson become Dean, because the veteran professor is from a nearby ‘First Nation’ {aboriginal community}, and has experience researching and working with ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} communities.

I think Lakehead University made a safe decision by hiring a person who won’t ‘rock the boat’,”
Mr. Sinoway said in an e-mail.

“Others were more sanguine about the hiring. Derek Fox, Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski ‘Nation’, a political organization representing dozens of ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal communities} in northwestern Ontario, said that his organization had been consulted during the search process and that the university had been “respectful”.

You don’t want to select someone just on the basis of their cultural background”, {!}
he said.
They were both great candidates.”

“Daniel G. Cox, a law student and member of Fort William ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 2,475 people}, said he is hopeful that Dr. Hughes can be an effective dean at Lakehead, even amid the controversy…

“Dr. Hughes could start by hiring more ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} faculty and bringing in more ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} students, he said. 

That’s something I would love to see. Because the ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} perspective has been so absent from the legal landscape.”
{What absurd nonsense!?!?!? The ‘aboriginal perspective is vastly OVER-REPRESENTED in the “legal landscape”!}

“Lakehead can point to some recent ‘progress’. The law school has increased its ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} enrolment from five students in 2014-15, to 27 in the most recent academic year, and all students take mandatory courses in ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} legal traditions and aboriginal law. {Which is a ridiculous waste of time…}

“For her part, Dr. Hughes has taken a career-long interest in ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} issues, publishing papers on residential schools and the ‘honour of the Crown’ in relation to urban ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} populations, among other related subjects.

“One of her priorities as dean is to recruit more ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} faculty {Why?}, she said, despite the challenges of doing so.

The reality is that ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} scholars in Canada are a very hot commodity {Because of discriminatory hiring practices!}. There aren’t that many of them”,
she said.
So we will be working hard to attract people.”

“And while she declined to comment on the EagleWoman case, Dr. Hughes is also taking in stride the prospect of controversy around her appointment.

To the extent that ‘indigenous’ {‘aboriginal’} people have reservations about ‘settler’ appointments {She talks like an Aboriginal Industry propagandist}, that is neither surprising nor in any way inappropriate”,
{Because it’s O.K. in her eyes for aboriginals to be racist…}
she said.
It’s not a question I can help with terribly much … but I wouldn’t take [it] personally.” ”

–‘Amid turmoil, Lakehead University names non-Indigenous law dean’,
ERIC ANDREW-GEE, Toronto Globe & Mail, AUGUST 27, 2019

COMMENT: “Excuse me, I am not a “settler“. I am a Canadian and I find that term offensive and divisive.”
“When it comes to most things, especially employment, the only morally right thing to do is pick the candidate most qualified for the position. PERIOD! Using race as a placement tool is not only wrong but is insulting to all candidates, including the race singled out for special treatment.”
“The word settler is no different than using the N word.”
“Madness. Canada is slowly being destroyed by this PC idiocy. Just hire by merit. Who would want to go to a school that only hires professors and staff by race? The ‘First Nations’ have no business sticking their noses into the hiring of university staff. Once in a while, they have to be told ‘No’.”
“To the extent that Indigenous people have reservations about settler appointments, that is neither surprising nor in any way inappropriate”, the professor said.

“Hello? “SETTLER APPOINTMENTS“? Excuse me, but if you are going to use the glaringly offensive term “SETTLER” in 2019 Canada…then I could not help noticing that the ENVIRONMENT in question is actually SETTLER CULTURE brought from far away — namely involving BIG LIBRARIES with protective GLASS WINDOWS containing PUBLISHED LAWS that were WRITTEN ON PAPER and placed there after shipment there by WHEELED VEHICLES…in the way that, yes, the SETTLER CULTURE from faraway HAD BEEN DOING for THOUSANDS OF YEARS!

“For crying out loud, professor, if you are going to use the term “settler” in a pejorative and disparaging way, you might want to also POINT OUT that the native job candidates in question were REACHING AND PRESSING to be PART OF that settler culture, as were all the candidates of all ethnic origins. Nobody forced them to be candidates.”
“Has it really come down to race that determines who gets a job? Why is this an issue? What is wrong with this country and those who report on it? I hope they hired someone who was best for the job and one who does not let his or her own race issues cloud the job at hand.”
“I am happy to be a Settler if the indigenous are First Settlers. It they do not intend the word Settler to be an insult they should have no difficulty with being accurately described.”
“50 years after MLK dreamed of a nation where citizens would be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their skin, we continue to read about these pathetic squabbles… I believe there is no such thing as “systemic racism“. This is a trope used to perpetuate the victimhood industry.”
“You might think that an article about a dean of a law school might touch on a topic like…let’s say, for sake of argument…the laws of this country, but you would be wrong.”
“The starving Irish, the dirt-poor Italians (both of whom were hated and not employable) came here in the hope of a better life, made something out of themselves and built a country — now we are to be shamed? Not a chance! Time everyone pulled up the old boot straps and got it done. These are two good examples to model yourselves after. Stop supporting victimhood.”
“We were here first’ is an ignorant and childish way to judge a people’s competence and worth.”

See also:
Preferential Hiring Backfires{April 30, 2018}:
“Less than two years into the job, EagleWoman is quitting, alleging ‘systemic racism’ at Lakehead University. She said her efforts have been “thwarted” by the university… Just months into her first year, a former employee filed a human rights complaint against EagleWoman and Lakehead…”


Training Legal Warriors To Undermine Canada{April 13, 2018}:
“We have repeatedly pointed out that the contemporary billion-dollar Aboriginal Industry is the creation of a Canadian legal profession that, coincidentally, happens to be the chief beneficiary of the expansion of race-based differential treatment in law. To the detriment of Canada’s future, Canadian law schools seem to be gearing up for unlimited expansion of this discrimination-based legal gravy train…”
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