Important Documents

RCMP - Aboriginal Organized Crime in Canada

Aug 1 - RCMP report on 'Aboriginal Organized Crime'

Jun 20 - Federal Government: UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Apr 26 - Joint Statement of Accomplishments by Haudenosaunee/Six Nations, Canada and Ontario

Apr 18 - Federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Letter from Jim Prentice

Apr 15 - Joint Federal/Ontario proposal for a "new understanding"

Apr 13 - Letter from Canadian government to Haudenoniso

Federal Government

Nov 5 - List of Federal MPs

Contact your MP - Name List, by Postal Code

Federal Terrorism Act - Definition & Actions of a Terrorist Group

Native Self Rule - The inherent right of self-government is an existing Aboriginal right under the Canadian Constitution

List of Native Self Rule Agreements, Native Land Claim Maps, Canada 1870 Map

Canadian Criminal Code - Department of Justice Website , Canadian Constitution,- Rights of the Aboriginal People of Canada.

Indian Land Commission - 2004 report - Commission website. - Land Claim Procedures

Government News Release:

BARBARA MCDOUGALL APPOINTED AS FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE IN CALEDONIA TALKS - May 3, 2006

EXPLORATION RESOLUTION PROGRESS JOINT STATEMENT OF CANADA, ONTARIO AND SIX NATIONS - Apr 5, 2006

THE CLAIMS OF THE SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER BAND OF INDIANS - April 2006

MICHAEL COYLE APPOINTED TO UNDERTAKE A FACT-FINDING INITIATIVE IN RELATION TO THE SITUATION IN CALEDONIA - Mar 24 , 2006

Important Supreme Court Rulings
1995 - The Supreme Court hands down its decision in the Apsassin case. In its decision, the Court contemplates a number of scenarios when a pre-surrender fiduciary duty would come into effect: when a band’s understanding of the terms of surrender is inadequate; where the conduct of the Crown has tainted dealings in a manner that makes it unsafe to rely on the band’s understanding and intention; where the band has abnegated its decision-making authority in favour of the Crown in relation to the surrender; and where the surrender is so foolish or improvident as to be considered exploitive.

1997 - In the Delgamuukw case, the Supreme Court finds that to disallow First Nations’ oral history and tradition as evidence would put an impossible burden of proof on aboriginal peoples, since that is the way First Nations kept records. The Court also directly addresses the definition of aboriginal title; it finds that a First Nation has a right to claim “aboriginal title” to lands that it has used in order to maintain its traditional way of life. Aboriginal title comes from a nation’s use and occupancy of the land for generations; it is therefore a communal right that cannot be held by an individual.

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