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Essentials of Canadian Aboriginal Law
By: Kerry Wilkins
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Essentials of Canadian Aboriginal Law discusses the current Canadian law about Indigenous peoples living in Canada.

Essentials of Canadian Aboriginal Law is the print version of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest title. The book discusses the current Canadian law about Indigenous peoples living in Canada. It deals with Canadian constitutional law and federal non-criminal statute law as they pertain to Indigenous peoples.

The book considers the most recent and noteworthy Supreme Court of Canada decisions, including:

  • Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia:  This case has contributed to the law on the Crown's duty to consult Indigenous communities.
  • First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon: This case concerned the interpretation of modern treaties and, in particular, the Crown’s obligations in the collaborative land use planning process established by the Yukon Final Agreements.
  • Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada: In this case, the SCC discussed the Crown's fiduciary obligations to Indigenous peoples..

The book also incorporates Bill S-3, which came into force on December 22, 2017. The bill amends the Indian Act in response to the Descheneaux v. Canada decision.

About the Author

Kerry Wilkins is a Toronto lawyer whose practice focused, wherever possible, on Canadian constitutional law and the Canadian law about Indigenous peoples, usually for government. From 1999-2001 and since 2008, he has been an adjunct professor, teaching Aboriginal law courses at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has spoken on various Aboriginal law issues at conferences sponsored by the Pacific Business and Law Institute, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Fraser Institute, the Law Union of Ontario, Justice Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Association of Law Officers of the Crown. He is the editor of, and has contributed to, Advancing Aboriginal Claims: Visions; Strategies; Directions (2004), and published articles in several Canadian law journals on legal education, government lawyers and Aboriginal law, sections 91¶24 and 91¶27 of the Constitution Act, 1867, the doctrine of interjurisdictional immunity, section 88 of the Indian Act, Aboriginal rights and title, the natural resources transfer agreements, and Indigenous self-government. He is also the author of Essentials of Canadian Aboriginal Law, published by Thomson Reuters.

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