Our Mission

The Indigenous Rights Center is devoted to the development of a body of law which addresses and removes the remnants of discrimination which colonial law placed on indigenous peoples and indigenous nations.  The IRC also seeks a body of law in which First Nations, Metis, Inuit and other indigenous peoples may realize access to Justice, both in Canada and internationally.

The Indigenous Rights Center will be focused on law reform projects and providing legal support to indigenous peoples.  The IRC will focus on recognition, reconciliation and implementation of indigenous rights through four core themes:

  • Treaties
  • Governance and Self-Determination
  • Identity and Collective Identity
  • Improving legal Procedures for securing redress

The IRC will devote resources to litigation tracking, analyzing litigation trends, identifying opportunities for strategic intervention and providing assistance to indigenous peoples or counsel on specific legal issues.  In addition, the IRC will undertake broader law reform projects on each of the identified thematic areas above, as well as cross-cutting issues, such as Environment and Natural Resources and indigenous rights or development of a principled approach to the concept of reconciliation.

The IRC seeks to develop a broad coalition of supporters from native and non-native individuals, indigenous governments, civil society, human rights defenders, ecumenical organizations, organized labour and others who are committed to the elaboration of justice for indigenous peoples.

William David,
Aug 10, 2012, 12:19 PM