Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) receives Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize
For his internationally recognized work in Indigenous and Aboriginal law and legal theory, historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and post-colonial reconciliation, Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) has received the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize (Influential Leader).
The honour is one of the Awards of Excellence presented by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in collaboration with the university. The prestigious program dates back to 1921 and recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and students.
An associate professor in the Faculty of Law, Sanderson has inspired dozens of students to pursue careers in Aboriginal law and human rights policy and litigation. He has also guided his colleagues in responding to Call 28 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, finding ways to introduce Indigenous legal issues into the curriculum.
A member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Sanderson co-chairs U of T’s Truth and Reconciliation Implementation Committee. Like many who are firsts in their fields, he is frequently called upon for his expertise by students, campus colleagues, policymakers and the wider community.
In honouring Sanderson, the alumni association noted that his peers have the highest praise for his willingness to navigate these heavy demands with wisdom, grace and good humour.