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Aboriginal Law Handbook, 3rd Edition

Aboriginal Law Handbook, 3rd Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-1773-3
Pages 669
Language English only
Price $111.00
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Written by Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend. Co-authored by Shin Imai.
Published by Carswell, 2008.

The 3rd edition was released January 2009. The previous 2nd edition was published in 1999.


This practical guide provides a unique reference work to Canadian law as it affects Aboriginal peoples and organizations, for both lawyers and non-lawyers. The guide also provides in-depth analysis on a number of legal and policy issues affecting aboriginal peoples.

Aboriginal Law Handbook includes summaries and discussion about the current state of the law and policy about:
  • Rights of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada including the constitutional framework; aboriginal and treaty rights; the duty to consult and accommodate; hunting, fishing and trapping rights; land and land claims; and Métis and Inuit rights;
  • Aboriginal government issues including self-government; international law and indigenous sovereignty; bands, band councils and reserves; Indian Act registration, band membership; and elections;
  • Aboriginal community issues, including community control of programs and services; and housing and construction;
  • Topics affecting aboriginal families, including marriage, separation and divorce; child welfare; wills and estates and the residential school settlement;
  • Various economic and related matters, including protection, use and management of lands and resources; community corporations; commercial relations and reserves; individual and corporate taxation; trusts for Aboriginal communities; employment relations; and human rights and privacy; and
  • Justice issues, including criminal procedure; aboriginal justice initiatives; and injunctions and blockades.
Each chapter contains a brief summary of key issues to remember, as well as a bibliography of secondary sources for further in-depth research.

Includes index.

“As Shin Imai said almost ten years ago in the preface to the second edition, this book is not about the laws of Aboriginal nations. That would be an entirely different book. Rather, this handbook is primarily a resource book about Canadian law and policy in relation to Aboriginal peoples in Canada, written from the perspective of practitioners working with Aboriginal clients across the country.” – from the preface of Aboriginal Law Handbook, 3rd Edition
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