The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Mills (Waabishki Ma'iingan, Baatwetang) as Assistant Professor.
Aaron Mills is a Bear Clan Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation, Treaty #3 Territory, and from North Bay, Ontario, Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. Mills teaches and researches on Indigenous peoples’ own systems of law and the Indigenous constitutional orders that guide and sustain them. He is completing his doctorate at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law, developing a theory of Anishinaabe legal order under the supervision of Professors John Borrows and Jim Tully. His doctoral work has been supported by a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and a Talent Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He will join the Faculty in August 2018, and his teaching will include an introduction to Indigenous constitutionalism.
Mills completed his JD at the University of Toronto in 2010, serving as editor-in-chief of the Indigenous Law Journal as well as on the board of directors of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. In 2012, he earned an LLM from Yale Law School as a Fulbright Scholar.
Mills works in various capacities with Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers, Indigenous communities, lawyers, judges, academics, students, media, NGOs, and public service institutions, also engaging the general public.
“My colleagues and I are terribly excited about the contributions that Aaron Mills will make to our community,” said Dean Robert Leckey. “He is arriving as we work to realize the unfulfilled promise of our longstanding commitment to studying multiple legal traditions as it relates to Indigenous law.”