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Category: Aboriginal law

Federal Court Sides with First Nations Children and Upholds Human Rights Rulings

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to Indigenous children removed from their homes in the child welfare system and to their caregivers. Rye Dutton takes us through the Court’s decision.

October 7, 2021

A Settler’s Reflections on Orange Shirt Day: Reconciliation as awareness, acceptance, apology, atonement and action

Natai Shelsen reflects on the meaning of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and considers how we, as settlers, can engage in the process of reconciliation.

September 30, 2021
Natai Shelsen

Section 35 rights may extend to Indigenous peoples outside of Canada

Indigenous persons who are not Canadian citizens and who do not reside in Canada can exercise constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights. Darryl Korell takes us through the Supreme Court’s expansive interpretation of section 35 rights in R. v. Desautel.

September 29, 2021
Darryl Korell

National Indigenous Peoples Day: A Resource List for Lawyers and Union Representatives

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission asked Canadians to learn more about the history and legacy of residential schools and Aboriginal rights in Canada. In this blog post, Kelly Doctor shares a list of resources for lawyers, union reps and others who work with Indigenous people and peoples (or those who don’t, but want to know more).

June 21, 2021
Kelly Doctor

Aboriginal law: What is social acceptability and why does it matter?

Social acceptability is vital for the success of development projects. Natai Shelsen examines how proponents must take the concerns expressed by Indigenous peoples seriously and confront them head on.

May 19, 2021
Natai Shelsen

Aboriginal law 101: What is the duty to consult?

The duty to consult is complex and fact-specific. Natai Shelsen discusses the Crown’s obligation to consult with Indigenous groups when their Aboriginal rights or claims could be affected by government decisions.

February 28, 2021
Natai Shelsen