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The Constitution Express and Its Role in Entrenching Indigenous Rights

This is a brief look at an extraordinary, passionate, grassroots Indigenous movement in Canadian history that altered the direction of the...

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Indigenous Title and the Doctrine of Discovery

Indigenous Peoples believe they have held title to their traditional lands or territories from the moment their Creators placed them on that land...

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Christopher Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery - 5 Things to Know

The Doctrine of Discovery was used by European monarchies, beginning in the mid-fifteenth century, as a means of legitimizing the colonization of...

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Free, Prior, and Informed Consent - 8 Key Dates

The road to adoption of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDec) has been a rocky one for Canada. Canada did...

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The Indian Act vs Self-Determination

In recent decades, there has been significant pressure to address historical Indian Act issues. That pressure has been imposed by the combination of...

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Harry Daniels: The Man Who Put Métis in the Constitution

Harry Daniels will share with Louis Riel the honor of having introduced the rights of the Métis people in the Constitution of Canada: Riel in s. 31...

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Indian Act and Enfranchisement of Indigenous Peoples

Enfranchisement of any First Nation admitted to university (1880 amendment) 99.(1) Any Indian who may be admitted to the degree of Doctor of...

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Aboriginal Rights, Title and the Duty to Consult - A Primer

The doctrine of Aboriginal rights exists… because of one simple fact: when Europeans arrived in North America, Aboriginal peoples were already here,...

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6 Things You May Want to Know About the Daniels Decision

There are a lot of questions and some confusion out there about the April 14, 2016, Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Daniels v. Canada (Indian...

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