Listening for a Change: The Courts and Oral Tradition

Date

2001

Authors

Borrows, John

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Osgoode Hall Law Journal

Abstract

Aboriginal oral history is a valuable source of information about a people's past. It can constitute important evidence as proof of prior events, and/or it can shed light on meanings groups give to their past. Despite its value, however, oral tradition presents particular challenges of admissibility and interpretation because of its unique source and transmission. This article outlines and discuses these challenges and suggests various approaches to better understand the insights contained within aboriginal history.

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Keywords

Indigenous peoples, Canada--History, Admissible evidence, Canada

Citation

Borrows, J. (2001). Listening for a change: The courts and oral tradition. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 39(1), 1-38.