Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

Johnny Mack

Johnny Mack

Research Areas

Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous constitutionalism, subjectivity, critical theory, postcolonial theory and legal pluralism.


Profile

Johnny Mack is Toquaht, of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. He was raised on an Indian Reserve in Nuu-chah-nulth territory, off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Johnny is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Victoria (Faculty of Law) studying Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous constitutionalism, subjectivity, critical theory, postcolonial theory and legal pluralism. His doctoral research assesses how the Aboriginal rights and title framework and contemporary treaty negotiations in Canada carry forward the momentum of earlier colonial policies by continuing to dispossess indigenous peoples of their land base and facilitating their reintegrating into the land as liberal democratic Canadians. Those aspects of indigenous political history conflicting with liberal norms of citizenship, democracy and property are deliberately cut back for the purposes of harmonization. He is developing this dissertation under the supervision of Professor James Tully and Professor John Borrows. His LLM thesis, submitted to the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 2009 titled Thickening Totems and Thinning Imperialism," provided a critical analysis of the Maa-nulth Treaty Agreement (2007) as a historic and profoundly imperial moment in the history of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.