Call to Action # 47

We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.

Why “Not Started”

In 2020 alone, the federal government along with 9 provinces – BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador – have all initiated actions against the acknowledgement and acceptance of Aboriginal Rights and Title including the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius i.e. Aboriginal Rights and Title and Indigenous laws and traditions are secondary to provincial ownership and control of resource extraction. (See Perspectives: IW Status Updates Nov. 9, 2020 Part 1-Current Problems and Issues)

Not a lot of progress on this C2A within any jurisdiction although the federal government has repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius through Minister of Crown Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May, 2017. No formal, legislative repudiation, however, or details on how governments(s) will reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.

Current Status

April 4, 2022

Not Started

Previous Status

February 14, 2022

Not Started

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