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American Review of Canadian Studies. Volume 31, Numbers 1-2 (2001), p. 317-329.


Aboriginal; Court; decision; governance; land; law; rights; title


In a series of important decisions, the Court has come to grips with a number of issues that it did its best to avoid in the past, involving the identification and definition of Aboriginal rights, the content of Aboriginal title to land and the requirements for proving it, and the relevance of the law of New France to Aboriginal rights today. This paper will focus on these recent developments in the law, as well as attempting to identify areas where the law of Aboriginal rights is incomplete and so requires further judicial elucidation.

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