Upon the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 35, which recognized and enshrined Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, the Institute on Governance convened a series of symposia, gathering together leaders and practitioners from Indigenous communities, public governments, and the private sector to reflect on the influence Section 35 has had on federal and provincial law, policy and decision-making and on indigenous governance. Following on the heels of the Beyond Section 35 symposia in Ottawa in… Read more
The Beyond Section 35 Symposium in BC was a collaboration between the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC), the New Relationship Trust (NRT), and the Institute on Governance (IOG), and hosted at Simon Fraser Uni- versity’s (SFU) Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, February 19-20, 2013. What follows is a summary of the discussions and recommendations that emerged from the Symposium. First, the summary takes a look at the history of the making and subsequent attempts to define Section… Read more
Both the anniversary of Section 35 and the dialogue emerging from Idle No More creates an opportunity to consider the substantial impact the recognition of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights has had on altering both federal/provincial law and policy regarding Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous governance in Canadian society. The BC Treaty Commission and the New Relationship Trust, working with the Institute on Governance, will host a two-day symposium bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to talk about the successes and… Read more
While past discussions on Section 35 have centered on legal applications, the upcoming Beyond Section 35 Symposium will move beyond legal implications to where the research lags – the practical hallmarks of self-government and implementation. This discussion paper is meant to help facilitate these discussions by describing the intent in the making of Section 35, what has transpired to forward the “Inherent Rights” agenda in the realm of governance and self-government, and the next steps to moving forward with an… Read more
The Beyond Section 35 Symposium held in Ottawa in November 2012 brought together key stakeholders from Indigenous communities and institutions, practitioners, public sector and academia to discuss and reflect upon the impact of the constitutional recognition of Section 35 on the lives and relations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This is a summary of the discussions and recommendations that emerged from the Symposium.
Over three decades have passed since the enactment of Section 35 of the Constitution Act. While many Indigneous groups have already, or are currently, engaged in strengthening their own governance structures and exercising greater control over traditional land and resources, few would dispute that the full potential for a changed relationship with Canada created by Section 35 has not yet been realized. The Institute on Governance recognized the need to commemorate this groundbreaking recognition of rights, while at the same time capitalize on the… Read more