Associate Professor Darlene Johnston joined the Faculty at the Allard School of Law in 2009. She previously taught and advised students, as an Associate Professor and Aboriginal Student Advisor, at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA from Queen’s University and LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Toronto. Professor Johnston is a member of the Chippewa Nawash First Nation in Ontario.
Professor Johnston is an indigenous legal scholar whose research focuses on indigenous legal traditions, and the dynamics between totemic identity, territoriality, and governance. At the Allard School of Law, she has taught in the areas of Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law, Constitutional Law: Canadian Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Indigenous Legal Traditions, and First Nations and the Administration of Justice.
Professor Johnston was designated the 2008 Indigenous Peoples' Counsel by the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada (IBA). As the recipient of this designation, Professor Johnston was recognized by the IBA for her “outstanding achievements in the practice of law.”