Indigenous Research: Law

"The eagle flies the highest in the sky, and in a Coast Salish legend people would seek guidance from the eagle to gain knowledge of faraway places. This representational eagle wing relief was created to bring the knowledge to students as they seek guidance in their studies." By Marissa Nahanee - Maykw Cha7em Squamish & Nisga’a Nations, Eagle Clan.

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Resources in the Library

Browse the Library Catalogue.

Journal article databases

Use these indexes/databases to locate journal articles on your topic.

Research guides

First Nations Law Research Guide (University of Toronto Law Library)
Descriptive, instructive, and detailed outline for researching First Nations Law in Canada. Includes bibliographies, suggested databases, and links to online legislation and government documents.

Wet'suwet'en Info Sheet: Explore the Legal Background (Courthouse Libraries BC)
The purpose of this guide is to provide a starting point for researching and understanding the legal background of current events surrounding the Wet’suwet’en Nation and the pipeline project in Northern British Columbia.

Associations and organizations


Supreme Court of Canada Cases Involving Indigenous Peoples
Presents a number of Supreme Court of Canada decisions dealing with Indigenous law and First Nations rights. Note that this is not a comprehensive list, but one that endeavours to cover the most representative, impactful Supreme Court cases dealing these issues over the past several decades.

Aboriginal Law
Legislation, treaties, and major decisions, plus a small section on taxation cases. Focus is Canadian, but major American legislation and treaties are included.

Aboriginal Law and Legislation
Extensive links to the full text of aboriginal law and legislation in Canada, The United States, New Zealand, and Australia -- including constitutions, federal laws, court decisions with commentary, treaty commissions, and tribunals -- plus an extensive list of international conventions, working groups, and studies. Put together by Canadian lawyer Bill Henderson. 

A Brief Introduction to Aboriginal Law in Canada
Commentary, prepared by Ontario lawyer Bill Henderson, on key legislation, case law, and legal issues of concern to Canadian First Nations, such as The Royal Proclamation of 1763, Treaties, the Calder Case, Harvesting Rights, Self-government, and Taxation. Includes links to additional commentary, references, and full text of documents discussed, where available.

Canadian Native Law Cases
Full-text Canadian native law cases, covering the period 1763-1978. Cases can be searched by case name, subject, or keywords.

CataLaw: Aboriginal Law
Law, legislation, and legal resources on the Internet for Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as multinational sites.

Electronic Law Library - Aboriginal Law Links
Selective, annotated links to native law resources on the web, including government, organizations, legislation and case law, and legal services.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse (United States)
Full-text of law reports, supreme court decisions (historical and current), pending legislation, tribal court decisions, and more.