Instructor(s): Bob Rae
Pre-requisites/Co-requisites
Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7030HS.

Note: Pre/co-requisite for JD and law graduate students.

This seminar will deal with selected issues in Aboriginal law and policy. The topics will include:

• Prevailing legal, social, and political ideas at the time of first contact; early treaty relationships and the Royal Proclamation of 1763;
• Nineteenth and early twentieth century treaties and their interpretation;
• The Indian Act;
• The Trudeau/Chretien White Paper;
• The Calder case;
• Patriation;
• The Charlottetown process and Accord;
• Resource development and the duty to consult;
• Social welfare issues;
• Education;
• "Modern Treaties,” such as those involving the Nisga'a and the James Bay Cree, and issues in Yukon, NWT, etc.; and
• Urban Aboriginal issues (crime, "urban reserves", other challenges).

Evaluation
Students will submit a research paper of no more than 5000 words (75%), and will take a turn leading the discussion in class based on the readings (15%). Students will also be evaluated on their class attendance and participation (10%).

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
15

7 JD
1 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

7 MPP

Schedule

T: 6:10 - 8:00