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Revisiting the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples

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Dwight G. Newman


$35.00, 184 pages, index, paper, 6 x 9, spring 2014
ISBN 9781895830811

“The duty to consult is part of the process for achieving ‘the reconciliation of the pre-existence of aboriginal societies with the sovereignty of the Crown.’” – LeBel, J., Supreme Court of Canada, Behn v. Moulton Contracting Ltd.

Since the release of The Duty to Consult in 2009, there have been many important developments on the duty, including three major Supreme Court of Canada decisions. Both the Supreme Court and lower courts have grappled with many questions they had not previously answered, and these very attempts have raised yet new questions. Governments, Aboriginal communities, and industry stakeholders have engaged with the duty to consult in new and probably unexpected ways, developing policy statements or practices that build upon the duty to consult, but often use it only as a starting point for different discussions. At the same time, evolving international legal norms have come to engage with the duty to consult in new ways that may have further impact in the future.

Professor Newman clarifies the duty to consult as a constitutional duty, offers some approaches to understanding the developing case law at a deeper and more principled level, and suggests possible future directions for the duty to consult in Canadian Aboriginal law. The duty to consult has a fundamental importance for all Canadians, yet misunderstandings of the doctrine remain widespread. This book will help address many of those misunderstandings.

Dwight Newman is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also served a three-year term as Associate Dean of Law. He has previously held visiting positions at McGill and at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his law degree at the University of Saskatchewan, following which he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Lamer and Justice LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada. He completed his doctorate at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. He has written numerous articles on Aboriginal law, constitutional law, and international law. He is co-author of Understanding Property: A Guide to Canada’s Property Law, 2nd ed. and The Law of the Canadian Constitution. He is also the author of Community and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups and Natural Resource Jurisdiction in Canada.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface to the Revised Edition

1. Introduction: Doctrine and Theory

    1.1 Origins of the Duty to Consult
    1.2 The 2004–2005 Supreme Court Trilogy
    1.3 Recent Supreme Court Cases and Emerging Issues
    1.4 Theoretical Approaches to the Duty to Consult

2. Legal Parameters of the Duty to Consult
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Triggering Test
    2.3 Role of Early Engagement
    2.4 Consultation on Strategic Decisions and Legislation
    2.5 Consultation Partners
    2.6 Role of Project Proponents
    2.7 Negotiated Alternatives to the Duty to Consult
    2.8 Conclusion 84

3. The Doctrinal Scope and Content of the Duty to Consult
   3.1 Introduction 85
   3.2 Content of the Duty to Consult — The Spectrum Analysis
   3.3 Duties of Accommodation
   3.4 Economic Accommodation
   3.5 Leveraging the Duty to Consult
   3.6 Rising Above the Minimum Legal Requirements

4. The Law in Action of the Duty to Consult
   4.1 Introduction: The Concept of the Law in Action
   4.2 Development of Governmental Consultation Policies
   4.3 Aboriginal Communities’ Consultation Policies
   4.4 Development of Corporate Consultation Policies
   4.5 Policies, Practices, and the Formation of “Law”
   4.6 Conclusion

5. International Law and the Duty to Consult
   5.1 Introduction
   5.2 Key International Law Concepts
   5.3 Implications of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
   5.4 Australia and the Right to Negotiate
   5.5 Consultation Norms in Latin America
   5.6 Other State Practice on Consultation
   5.7 Emerging International Law Norms of Consultation
   5.8 Staying Ahead of the Regulatory Curve
   5.9 Conclusion

6. Understanding the Duty to Consult

Index

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