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Canadian Indigenous Peoples: Law, Policy, Reform

In 2017, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) was dissolved and replaced by 2 new departments: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

"‘Indigenous peoples' is a collective name for the original peoples of North America and their descendants.  ‘Aboriginal peoples' is also used.

The Canadian Constitution recognizes three such groups: Indians (more commonly referred to as First Nations), Inuit and Métis. These are three distinct peoples with unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

More than 1.4 million people in Canada identify themselves as an Aboriginal person, according to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). "

Official government website http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013785/1304467449155 Viewed  16 June 2017.

Background to 2008 Act

Related guide from LawBod

Databases

Canadian native law cases v.1-v.7                     Cw Can 100 C102
(Canadian and PC decisions 1763 to 1978)

Canadian native law reporter  v.1(1979)-                Cw Can 100 C103 (available  via LexisLibrary for holders of  an Oxford SSO)

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The looseleaf service Woodward Native Law is at KL8.C1. WOO