Topic: Aboriginal title in Canada: Has the Supreme Court moved beyond the “Wandering Tribes” approach?

Presenter: Professor Ghislain Otis - Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Otttawa

In its very recent judgment in the case of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled, for the very first time, that an indigenous people holds aboriginal title to a large tract of its traditional territory. This ruling has been enthusiastically greeted by indigenous leaders across Canada while being received with alarm by governments and major players in the extractive industry. The speaker will discuss whether the judgment can truly be regarded as a “game changer” in the legal dynamics of indigenous land claims in Canada. He will also briefly speculate on the potential impact of Tsilhqot’in Nation in Australia.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact: Jane Gay, ph: (336) 52523, email:

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