POLI 436 Aboriginal Rights in the Canadian Constitution (3 credits)

Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)


Political Science : This course explores the inclusion, impact, and interpretation of s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. In s.35, "the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed". What does it mean for Canada to recognize, affirm, define, justify, and implement such rights? The course sets out how one might think about the constitutional promise of s.35, and challenges us to address whether this promise has been realized. It sets out how s.35 has structured Indigenous-settler politics since 1982.

Terms: Winter 2018

Instructors: Christa Scholtz (Winter)