This program continued the examination of issues relating to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action that began at the Court’s April Seminar. It focused on Indigenous Law and Legal Traditions, Aboriginal Law and Reconciliation.
The objectives of this seminar were to provide information about the sources of Indigenous Laws and Indigenous Legal Traditions, to explain the relationship with Aboriginal Law, and to explore both the recognition of and the reconciliation of Indigenous Laws with Canadian common and civil law.
Led by a multi-disciplinary faculty with judges, lawyers and academics, participants learned about the changing demographics of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in Canada and the implications of these demographic trends for the judiciary. Sessions identified the sources of Indigenous Laws and Indigenous Legal Traditions, explained the relationship with Aboriginal Law, and explored both the recognition of and the reconciliation of Indigenous Laws with Canadian common and civil law. Participants engaged in an Anishinaabe nibi inaakonigewin (water law) exercise. Participants examined practical applications to sentencing and child welfare proceedings involving Indigenous persons, exploring Gladue reports and various approaches to obtaining information to assist the Court in both sentencing and child welfare proceedings.