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Aboriginal Law in Canada

Use this guide for researching Aboriginal issues in Canadian law. It will help you to identify quickly the key legal treatises, legislation and most significant cases along with their analyses; news rss are also provided

LEGAL DICTIONARIES

Use legal dictionaries to define the terms of your search and note that Canadian and American legal terms are not always the same:

LEGAL CITATION GUIDES

Gather all the necessary information about your sources to be able to cite in the legal format.

For Canadian legal citations use:

For American legal citations (i.e. when preparing a paper for U.S. publication) use:

Legal Encyclopaedia: Halsbury’s Laws of Canada

The first volume (title: Aboriginal HAB-1 to HAB-252) is devoted in its entirety to Aboriginal Law.  Also of interest could be the following entries:

  • First Nations Dispute Resolution Process - HDR-37 to HDR-42 in title: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • First Nations Lands - HPZ-242 to HPZ-258 in title: Planning and Zoning
  • First Nations Children - HED-83 to HED-85 in title: Education.
  • Consult the Consolidated Index for more specific topics

Available in print at the Bora Laskin Law Library's Reserves Section on the main floor (ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk).   Also available on Quicklaw

Legal Encyclopaedia: Canadian Encyclopaedic Digest

Use Vol.1, Title 1: Aboriginal Law, available in print at the Bora Laskin Law Library's Reserves Section on the main floor (ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk)

Also available to UofT law school community on Westlaw Canada

Case Law Digest: Canadian Abridgment

This case law digest, being the most comprehensive in Canada, contains summaries of court cases organized by topic. Unlike legal encyclopedias listed above, that refer researcher to the most significant cases, this digest attempts to provide an exhaustive list of cases of the common law provinces from 1809 to the present. It is most useful to locate relevant case law within specific jurisdiction.

Use Vol. 1 Reissue: Aboriginal Law, available in print at the Bora Laskin Law Library, Row 65 on the 1st floor of the library (Dig Can A2 A26) 

Also available to the law school community on Westlaw Canada.