Indigenous Peoples and human rights
However, I was thwarted first by what was the right terminology to use. Indigenous peoples?
Native peoples? Aboriginal peoples?
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada’s Constitution
First Nations? Would I offend by using the wrong words?
Research strategy tips
And who am I, a non-Canadian, non-indigenous person to write a research guide anyway? Maybe someone else in Canada has already written a guide? The answer is yes. But the idea stuck with me.
Then I was daunted by the potential breadth of the possible resources. But I still wanted to do it, so I started following a lot of Canadian indigenous law folks on Twitter. And I am finally energized to write, so herewith is an imperfect attempt at a quick guide to researching the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada.
Feedback welcome! These are three distinct peoples with unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
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Though indigenous and aboriginal are often used interchangeably in Canada in reference to the peoples, indigenous law is recognized here as a different concept from aboriginal law. Aboriginal law has long-accepted constitutional, legislative, treaty, and Canadian common law dimensions.
Indigenous law sometimes referred to as indigenous legal orders , on the other hand, represents the laws and legal traditions of the various indigenous peoples of Canada. Some of these are in use in Canadian court practice today, for example, sentencing circles.
It includes research tips, descriptions of resources, along with narrative text. Its Introduction states:. It has many components.
Treaty negotiations and rights, natural resources harvesting rights, land and fisheries use, residential and school abuse, are all part of this multidimensional area of law.
New, updated guides to researching the law of Indigenous peoples in Canada are coming soon. Over its six-year mandate, RCAP amassed thousands of hours of recorded testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, culminating in the publication of the RCAP final report complete with a series of recommendations for a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada…LAC launched a searchable database of select RCAP records at the commemorative national forum.
To locate other secondary background sources on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada, search library catalogs under the following subject headings:. Journal articles are also good to check.
Welcome to Aboriginal Law Research
The University of Toronto student-run Indigenous Law Journal seems to be one of the best sources for current issues, with free, open access to its articles. The Portal links to national Indigenous peoples gateways and organizations, the First Nations Gazette, and treaties and agreements with Indigenous peoples.
To keep up-to-date with new general and legal developments involving Indigenous peoples in Canada, follow these Twitter accounts:. This is wonderful.
Aboriginal Law in Canada
The more input, ideas, concepts and creativity the better. After 32 years of facilitating Aboriginal Awareness Training with many thousands of of corporate, government, Aboriginal organizations and non-profit groups…I no longer feel so lonely.
Welcome aboard and give it your very best. So many brilliant Canadians.. Thanks for mentioning the UVic guides.
Contact With the White Man
We recently unpublished two as we refurbish them extensively. We want them to more closely connect with the work and teaching of the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and to better reflect the current and future teaching and research of aboriginal and indigenous law across our JD and graduate programs.
Your excellent compilation of resources no doubt will be of help to us! A final suggestion is perhaps a strategy rather than a resource for indigenous law research: to scope the various elements of the KIA-KIX classifications the Library of Congress created in and use those classifications for library research.
When looking for resources catalogued with the KI- classifications, the researcher must be aware that many, if not most libraries will not have yet reclassified relevant items from their classifications assigned before the KIA-KIX scheme was created.
Recently Published Columns All Columns. Justice Issues , Legal Ethics Denis v. Archives Complete Archives January Posted in: Legal Information. A Canadian law librarian colleague further explained to me: Though indigenous and aboriginal are often used interchangeably in Canada in reference to the peoples, indigenous law is recognized here as a different concept from aboriginal law.
To locate other secondary background sources on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada, search library catalogs under the following subject headings: Autochtones — Droit — Canada Autochtones — Statut juridique — Canada Indians of North America — Legal status, laws, etc.
Robert Laboucane Aboriginal Awareness Canada. November 10th, at am.
Lyo Louis-Jacques. November 10th, at pm. November 16th, at pm. What a great list, Lyo.