This course will focus on understanding an Indigenous legal framework that is guided by Indigenous laws and legal orders. It is important to recognize that the Canadian legal and policy principles that currently exist, guide only one aspect of the existing relationship(s) between Indigenous peoples, government and industry. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspective(s) of law through a decolonized framework, aimed at fostering positive meaningful relationships that move towards a better understanding of each other (Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples, Government(s) and Industry).
In this course we will explore the socio-political, legal and policy discourse that frames the current Indigenous-Canadian government relationship. More specifically, we will examine issues related to Indigenous legal orders/ laws, Aboriginal and treaty rights and Metis rights in the context of resource development on the land. The course will rely on both academic articles, videos and Elders/ knowledge keepers oral teachings.