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Reconciliation Project

One of the distinct qualities of the discrimination aboriginal nations, and aboriginal individuals, face, is that the discrimination is not always levelled upon them, but rather upon their ancestors. Our ancestors did not have access to courts; their property rights were not respected, nor were their agreements (treaties). Our rights were regarded not as ‘legal’ rights, where remedy would be required, but only ‘moral’ rights, where remedy would be encouraged, but not required.

This is why simply removing all modern instances of discrimination will not be enough – that will only serve to perpetuate and cover up the injustices of the past. It would not lead to a true reconciliation, but would use the term 'reconciliation' as a euphemism for domination.

This project would involve the elaboration of principles for the future development of aboriginal rights law. Rather than leaving the law to be developed only by courts, the development of principles will be accomplished by aboriginal peoples themselves.

The purpose of these principles would be to promote the development of just and non-discriminatory Canadian law. They would also create the legal space necessary for the application of customary Aboriginal laws by aboriginal peoples, building needed bridges between Canadian aboriginal rights law and the jurisdictions and customary laws of aboriginal nations.