Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine

Robert J Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt and Tracey Lindberg

in Discovering Indigenous Lands

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579815
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594465 | DOI:
Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine

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This chapter looks at the contemporary impact of the Imperial Doctrine of Discovery by reviewing Canadian constitutional provisions, principles of treaty interpretation, case law, and Canadian policies related to land claims and other agreements. In assessing this body of information, it determines the nature and influence of doctrinal presumptions and understandings of Canadian legal supremacy and rightfulness, and it addresses indigenous legal and governmental authorities and orders to contextualize and arrive at an understanding of the requirements of reconciliation in a pluralistic and contemporary context.

Keywords: First Nations treaties; Canada; land claims; Canadian legal supremacy; reconciliation

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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