Instructor(s): Kerry Wilkins

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7052HS.

Note: This course was formerly titled "Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law"

Note: This is an eligible course for credit towards the Aboriginal Legal Studies Certificate.

This is a course in applied Canadian constitutional law. Its aim is to introduce students to the encounter between Indigenous peoples and mainstream Canadian (non-criminal) law. It explores issues relating to sovereignty and self-determination, relevant features of colonial and imperial law, the division of powers, federal Indian legislation, fiduciary and consultation obligations, and treaty and Aboriginal rights, with special attention to Aboriginal title and self-government.

An easily satisfied class participation requirement will account for ten percent (10%) of a students mark. Written work will account for 90% of the mark. Students may choose between: 1) writing, at a time of the students choosing during the examination period, a 12 hour take-home examination featuring a choice of questions selected exclusively from a larger menu of potential examination questions provided to the class in advance; OR 2) two or three writing assignments, each of equal weight, totaling not more than 40 pages (10,000 words), on a choice of topics assigned by the instructor. Students who choose this option must elect to do so before the first assignment is due. Note: Graduate students have the additional option of writing a 30-40 page (7,500-10,000 words) paper on a topic related to the course and approved by the instructor.

At a Glance

Second Term


35 JD


T: 4:10 - 6:00
Th: 4:10 - 6:00