39-5: The Law and Canada's Indigenous People Archives - LawNow Magazine

The Indian Act: Can it be abolished?

Two simple observations are made so often about the Indian Act as to amount to clichés: That the 1876 Act is still with us, and that it should be “abolished.” The first of these is technically false; the 1876 Act was repealed in 1951, and replaced with the Act we have today, though it has […]

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John Edmond
John Edmond is a member of the bars of Ontario and British Columbia. He lives in Ottawa.
 

A Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic

We, the Inuit of Inuit Nunaat, declare as follows: 1. Inuit and the Arctic 1.1 Inuit live in the Arctic. Inuit live in the vast, circumpolar region of land, sea and ice known as the Arctic. We depend on the marine and terrestrial plants and animals supported by the coastal zones of the Arctic Ocean, […]

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Inuit Circumpolar Council
Inuit Circumpolar Council
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an international non-government organization representing approximately 150,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The organization holds Consultative Status II at the United Nations.
 

An Introduction to Inuit Rights and Arctic Sovereignty

The rapidly changing climate in the Arctic is opening up the possibility of exploiting the natural resources contained in the Arctic Ocean seabed.  Arctic and non-Arctic States are angling to gain control over these resources that were previously locked below the sea ice.   What cannot be forgotten in the focus on State sovereignty over the […]

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Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell
Robin Campbell is a lawyer with Hutchins Legal Inc., specializing in Aboriginal and international law. Robin is part of the Hutchins Legal team, led by Peter W. Hutchins, which has been examining the rights of Inuit in the Arctic Ocean and Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. Over the past five years, Hutchins Legal has been commissioned by Senator Watt to produce a series of papers on these issues. This article builds on this work.
 

Inuit Rights to the Arctic

As I continue my work on the issue of Inuit rights to the Arctic, my guiding principles are that Inuit must be equal partners in decision-making in the Arctic, resource development must promote the health of Inuit communities, and the environment must be protected. I am currently looking at what impact the melting ice has […]

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Senator Charlie Watt
Senator Charlie Watt
The Honourable Charlie Watt is the only Inuk Senator in Canada. In 1984, he was appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau for his advocacy on behalf of the Inuit. Senator Charlie Watt represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Inkerman. For additional information on Arctic Sovereignty or Senator Watt, please see http://liberalsenateforum.ca/senator/wattc/
 


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