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Aboriginal Law and Land Claims

OVERVIEW - Aboriginal Law and Land Claims

When Canada's Constitution was repatriated in 1982, the rights of Canada's aboriginal peoples were constitutionally recognized and affirmed. In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada and other Canadian courts have defined aboriginal rights in a manner that requires all levels of government and other public bodies to consider and fully respect aboriginal rights in carrying out their respective mandates. Public sector actors, for example, often now have a duty to consult with aboriginal groups in circumstances where the courts did not require such consultation in the past. We have advised governments and other public sector clients on these issues.