This substantive law course explores Indigenous legal orders – mainly nêhiyaw (Cree) and Anishinaabe laws – through the lens of Indigenous worldview(s), and provides a critical survey of state (mainly Canadian) law. This course is structured primarily on Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies, and includes both a mid-term evaluation and an advocacy component. Topics include but are not limited to: Indigenous sources of law; international law; Indigenous women, gender and law; historical context and constitutional framework re. Indigenous Peoples; Aboriginal title and doctrine of discovery; treaties; resource rights, extinguishment and consultation. This course fulfills the prerequisite requirements for the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments. While online, this course will consist of weekly lectures along with weekly small group sessions based on the course readings.
Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Law
Professor J. Hewitt
4 credit(s) 4 hour(s);
Synchronous online lecture, discussion. Note: This course satisfies the Indigenous and Aboriginal Law Requirement.
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement