Aboriginal Rights and Title in Canada After Delgamuukw: Part One, Oral Traditions and Anthropological Evidence in the Courtroom

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2001

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Thom, Brian

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Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Abstract

The 1997 Delgamuukw decision of the Supreme Court of Canada has been an important moment in determining the nature and extent of Aboriginal rights and title in Canada. This paper (which is the first part of two-part essay) critically reviews this decision, drawing on anthropological and legal scholarship to put into context how oral histories and anthropological expert witness testimony have been conceived by the Supreme Court. This paper reviews the continuing importance of social science research in general and anthropology in particular for contributing to Aboriginal rights and title debates.

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Thom, Brian. (2001) Aboriginal Rights and Title in Canada After Delgamuukw: Part One, Oral Traditions and Anthropological Evidence in the Courtroom. Native Studies Review. 14(1):1-26.