Professor Karen Drake joined the Osgoode faculty on July 1, 2017 from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where she had been a faculty member since July 2013. A citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, she has a BA (Hons) (Philosophy) from Lakehead, an MA (Philosophy) from Queen’s University, as well as JD and LLM degrees from the University of Toronto.
Prior to joining Lakehead, she articled with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, completed clerkships with the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, and practised for three years with Erickson & Partners, focusing on Aboriginal legal issues, human rights, and labour and employment law.
At Lakehead, she has taught Aboriginal Legal Issues, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Property Law, and Legal Philosophy. Her research interests include the intersection between liberalism and Aboriginal rights, the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples in the context of resource extraction, Métis legal issues, and the role of legal processes and legal education in promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
She serves as a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a Commissioner with the Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government, a member of the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Bar Association, and a member of the Thunder Bay Métis Council.