Karen Drake is a member of the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation who researches and teaches in the areas of Canadian law as it affects Indigenous peoples, Anishinaabe constitutionalism, Indigenous pedagogy within legal education, property law, and dispute resolution including civil procedure and Indigenous dispute resolution. Professor Drake served as Osgoode’s Associate Dean (Students) throughout the pandemic, from July 2020 to June 2023. She joined the Osgoode faculty in July 2017 from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University where she had been a founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Lakehead Law Journal. Prior to joining Lakehead, she articled with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, completed a clerkship with the Ontario Court of Appeal, served as a part-time judicial law clerk with the Federal Court, and practised with Erickson & Partners, focusing on legal issues impacting Indigenous peoples, human rights, and civil litigation.
Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): Professor Drake is interested in working with LLM and PhD students on projects involving Anishinaabe constitutionalism, Canadian and international law as they affect Indigenous peoples (such as constitutionally protected rights, human rights, language rights, rules of evidence and rules of civil procedure), the interplay between state law and Indigenous law, the role of liberalism in delineating section 35 rights, and epistemologies and pedagogies of teaching Indigenous law.