ILS Book Talk: Aboriginal Peoples and the Law

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00

Indigenous Classroom, Rm 123

Indigenous Legal Studies presents Jim Reynolds and his book Aboriginal Peoples and the Law

Can Canada claim to be a just society for Indigenous peoples? As part of the process of reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged a better understanding of Aboriginal law for all Canadians and Jim Reynolds responds to that call in his latest book  “Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction.” He provides the historical context needed to understand relations 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, and Indigenous law. Reynolds considers major questions that need to be resolved, such as balancing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal rights and interests and the benefits and drawbacks of using either litigation or negotiation to resolve Indigenous issues. Jim Reynolds concludes that rather than leaving the judiciary to sort out essentially political issues, Canadian politicians need to take responsibility for this crucial aspect of building a just society.

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