Advancing Reconciliation: Review of Recent Key Decisions and What Deconstructing the Current Colonial Legal Structure Could Mean
Author(s): Ontario Bar Association
Publication Date: February 2018
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)

Law concerning the rights of Indigenous peoples continues to evolve rapidly. This thought-provoking program will begin a discussion of what the term "deconstructing the current colonial legal structure or legal regime" could mean and may require in terms of current policy, practice and legislation. We will consider these issues in light of the Courts' continuous exhortation that meaningful reconciliation is best achieved outside of the adversarial court process.

Also, to better appreciate the implications for your practice, attend to hear leading lawyers identify and describe key decisions from the past year, as well as provide insight into how these decisions have shaped the law and affected the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


Janice LaForme, Senior Advisor, National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
Michael Fortier, Torys LLP


Advancing Reconciliation: Suggested Readings

Mark Crow, Ministry of the Attorney General, Constitutional Law Branch
i) Mitchell v. M.N.R.
ii) R. v Desautel, 2017 BCSC 2389
iii) Beaver v. Hill, 2017 ONSC 7245.

Raj Dhir, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
i) Ktunaxa Nation Council v. British Columbia, 2017 SCC 54
ii) First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon, 2017 SCC 58Title of Paper

Etienne Esquega, Esquega Law Office (Thunder Bay)
i) Southwind v. Canada 2017 FCA 906
ii) Her Majesty The Queen In Right of Canada v. Akisq'nuk First Nation 2017 FCA 175

Maggie Wente, Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend, Barristers and SolicitorTitle of Paper
i) Saugeen First Nation v. Ontario (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) 2017 ONSC 3456
ii) Brown v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 251
iii) Restoule v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 114

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