The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has determined that the University of British Columbia did not discriminate when it did not grant tenure to an assistant Indigenous law professor or promote her to associate professor.
The assistant professor, Lorna June McCue, said the university has discriminated against her on the basis of “race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status and sex” after the university did not promote her or award her tenure.
In 1998, McCue — a member of Ned'u'ten First Nation — was hired at the university’s faculty of law, and she became an assistant professor and director of First Nations legal studies in 2000. Typically, after seven years, an assistant professor will be assessed over their future at a teaching institution, such as being awarded tenure or being promoted to associate professor. However, in McCue’s case, after a time delay for a parental leave, tenure was not awarded. McCue had received earlier notice from a dean that there was concern about a lack of peer-reviewed publications on her part.