Professor Karen Drake is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario whose teaching and research interests include Canadian law as it affects Indigenous peoples, Anishinaabe law, Métis law, property law, and dispute resolution. She joined the Osgoode faculty in July 2017 from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University where she had been a faculty member since July 2013 and a founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Lakehead Law Journal. 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 legal issues impacting Indigenous peoples, human rights, and labour and employment law.
Professor Drake’s research addresses the intersection between liberalism and Aboriginal rights, Métis legal issues, and the role of constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights and legal education in promoting reconciliation. Professor Drake has presented at education seminars held for Canada’s Department of Justice, Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the National Judicial Institute.
She is a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Bar Association and on the Thunder Bay Métis Council.