Instructor(s): Bryce Edwards

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7030H.

This course will meet exclusively remotely once a week, via audio-visual conference. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

This seminar will deal with selected issues in Aboriginal law and policy. It is intended to bring together law students and students of public policy, and to broaden the perspective of both potential lawyers and policy makers. 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, Residential Schools and Nineteenth and early twentieth century treaties and their interpretation and consequences
  • 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).
Students will submit a research paper of no more than 5000 words (65%) and submit weekly comments of 200 words and lead one class discussion based on the readings (25%). Students will also be evaluated on their class attendance and participation (10%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term



12 JD

15 MPP


T: 6:40 - 8:30 pm (AV Conference)