Legal Ethics and First Nation Economic Development: A Duty to Move from Colonialism to Reconciliation

Legal Ethics and First Nation Economic Development: A Duty to Move from Colonialism to Reconciliation

Prepared by: Christopher Devlin and Peter Nyhuus
Presented at: Canadian Institute’s Indigenous Consultation BC conference
September 19th, 2017, Prince George, BC

For over 150 years the administration of Canadian justice has been anything but just towards Indigenous peoples. The Canadian legal system participated in the colonizing and delegitimizing of Indigenous laws and governments, the forced displacement of Indigenous communities from
their lands, and, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (the “Commission”) recently exposed, the physical, sexual, and cultural abuse of generations of Indigenous children. Rather than providing justice, the laws of Canada have been used to “suppress truth and deter
reconciliation.” Read the full paper here.

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