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Aboriginal Peoples and the Law

A Critical Introduction

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged a better understanding of Aboriginal law for all Canadians. This book responds to that call, outlining significant legal developments in straightforward, non-technical language. Jim Reynolds provides the historical context needed to understand the relationship between Indigenous peoples and settlers and explains key topics such as sovereignty, fiduciary duties, the honour of the Crown, Aboriginal rights and title, treaties, the duty to consult, Indigenous laws, and international law. He concludes that rather than leaving the judiciary to sort out essentially political issues, politicians need to take responsibility for this crucial aspect of building a just society.

296 pages


Table of Contents

1 What Is Aboriginal Law?

2 Historical Background

3 Sovereignty and Aboriginal–Crown Relations

4 Aboriginal Rights and Title

5 Treaties

6 Consultation, Accommodation, and Consent

7 Indigenous and International Law

8 A Just Society?

Notes; Cases Cited; Index

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