Topic: State of the nation, nation of the state

Presenter: The Honourable Justice Harry A. Slade - Supreme Court of British Colombia (full-time member of the Specific Claims Tribunal)

Flowing from the assertion of British sovereignty and the existence of Indigenous Nations and territories, the history of Colonial/Indigenous relationships in Canada has shaped the present state of the law. An identifiable central conflict emerges from these relationships and calls for reconciliation.

Disparate cultural norms among Indigenous nations and the Canadian community at large present significant challenges on the journey toward reconciliation. However, many tools lend themselves to bringing about a mutually respectful resolution of competing interests' in the context of contemporary society.

The Specific Claims Tribunal serves as a means of achieving resolution and finality regarding particular issues and, in so doing, may contribute to the tangible reconciliation of competing interests. 

Contact: Teola Marsh (Tues & Wed only), ph: 334 69263 ,


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