Membership

Join the Osgoode Society

Established in 1979, the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History publishes books on Canadian legal history, and creates and preserves an oral history archive.

Since 1981 the Society has published  109 books,including our 2019 books, on a diverse range of topics in Canadian legal history and has recorded more than 600 oral histories from various members of the legal profession.

We have recently changed our categories of membership. First, we have added a new category of membership, responding to some of our members who tell us that they want to support the Osgoode Society but do not want our membership book. Members opting for this category will receive a charitable donation receipt for part of their subscription.

Join the McMurtry Circle and receive a certificate of appreciation signed by our founder. Members opting for this category will receive a charitable donation receipt for most of their subscription. Society President Robert Sharpe and Editor-in-Chief Professor Jim Phillips are members of the McMurtry Circle, and encourage others to do so.

All categories of membership other than ‘Individual Member, No Book’ will continue to come with our members’ book for the year.

MEMBERS’ BOOK 2020

Our members book for 2020 is Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance, by Heidi Bohaker, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto and published by the University of Toronto Press. While Canada’s constitution protects Indigenous treaty rights, Canadians know much less about the legal traditions of Indigenous nations and the ways in which these different traditions informed treaties made between Indigenous peoples and the Crown. This volume is a ground-breaking exploration of one Indigenous legal tradition. In it, the author explains how a uniquely Anishinaabe category of kinship, the doodem, structured governance and law as practiced in formal councils (referred to metaphorically as fires) through the practice of alliance formation.  Such alliances created relationships of interdependence, which were renewed through the exchange of gifts in council. The records of early Canadian treaties, Bohaker argues, are to be found in the records of gifts exchanged to create these alliances between council fires; the Anishinaabe treated the French, and later the British, as if their governments were council fires also.  In return, colonial officials adhered to Indigenous law when they entered into treaties. Bohaker weaves together a voluminous amount of research from both Anishinaabe and European sources, including archival documents and material culture from institutions in Canada, Britain and France, to describe the continuities and changes in Anishinaabe governance and law until settler colonial law (the Indian Act) replaced traditional governance with elected band councils.

OPTIONAL EXTRA 2020

In 2020 we are also publishing  The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History, by Professor Carolyn Strange of the Australian National University in Canberra.  This major study of the operation of the death penalty focuses on the disposition by executive review of all cases between Confederation and the abolition of the death penalty in which the offender not only committed murder but did so at the same time as he (or she) also committed a serious sexual offence. Professor Strange is able to show that such offenders fared much less well in the commutation process than other people convicted of murder and sentenced to death. As importantly, she divides the overall narrative into six periods, showing that within each period political, administrative and public consideration of the cases were conducted against a background of other concerns, ranging from the ‘danger’ of immigrants to the rise of psychiatric concern with such offenders to the abolition movement of the 1960s.

Your membership in the Society helps us continue to promote and to preserve Canadian Legal History. Join us!

Renew or Join as a Student Member for 2020

Includes the 2020 member's book - Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance, by Heidi Bohaker, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto.

Optional Extra: The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History - $60  You can choose to include the optional extra after clicking the Buy Now link.

CA$25.00
Renew or Join as an Individual Member with book for 2020

Includes the 2020 member's book - Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance, by Heidi Bohaker, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto.

Optional Extra: The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History - $60  You can choose to include the optional extra after clicking the Buy Now link.

CA$60.00
Renew or Join as an Individual Sustaining Member for 2020

Includes the 2020 member's book - Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance, by Heidi Bohaker, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto.

Optional Extra: The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History - $60  You can choose to include the optional extra after clicking the Buy Now link.

CA$165.00
Renew or Join as an Individual Member no book for 2020

Members' book is not included.

Optional Extra: The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History - $60  You can choose to include the optional extra after clicking the Buy Now link.

CA$50.00
Renew or Join as a McMurtry Circle Member for 2020

Includes the 2020 member's book - Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance, by Heidi Bohaker, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto.

Optional Extra: The Death Penalty and Sex Murder in Canadian History - $60  You can choose to include the optional extra after clicking the Buy Now link.

CA$500.00

A portion of the individual membership without book, individual sustaining and McMurtry Circle memberships entitle the member to a charitable receipt.