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May 5-6, 2016

Mark your calendars now for the CBA 2016 Aboriginal Law Conference in Ottawa

More details coming soon!

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

CBA E-News - November 2015

Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Canada: Cumilative Impacts and Aboriginal Consultation

Cindy Kieu of Shores Jardine LLP looks at the Federal Court of Appeal decision in Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Canada, which she says is significant in demonstrating the reviewing court’s willingness to place the Crown’s duty to consult on the shoulders of administrative tribunals mandated to conduct environmental assessments.

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CBA E-News – September 2015

CBA E-News – August 2015

Prison law reform - National Magazine (July 27, 2015)

June 2015 CBA Aboriginal Law Section Report to Council

Recent case of interest concerning application of Gladue principles: R. v. Armitage, 2015 ONCJ 64

Submission to Government (April 2015)

Specific Claims Tribunal Act Five Year Review: Submission to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

CBA submission

Section members who are interested in contributing to the development of positions or submissions are encouraged to join the Aboriginal Law Section Legislation and Law Reform Committee. Please contact Holly Doerksen.

Join the CBA Aboriginal Law Section listserv!

Members are strongly encouraged to join the CBA Aboriginal Law Section listserv. This is an ideal way to keep abreast of Section activities and to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests. Membership is free to all Section members. Active participation is more than welcome, but membership involves no time commitment.

Join the listserv

In order to join a listserv you must be a member of the relevant CBA Section. Please contact your Branch if you wish to join the Aboriginal Law Section.

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Professional Development 

  • Missed a conference? Purchase course materials through the CBA Store.
    • 2015 CBA Aboriginal Law Conference on Building Indigenous Economies: Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada
      Click here for more information about the conference and to purchase materials

    • 2013 CBA Aboriginal Law Conference on Working With and Within Indigenous Legal Traditions
      Click here for more information about the conference and to purchase materials



  • Annual Section meeting June, 2016 with PD conference (Ottawa)



The Section is currently looking for articles. If you would like to contribute please contact us at CBA Newsletters
Past issues of Aboriginal Writes can be found on the Newsletter page.



Law and practice of aboriginal law, including:

  • federal and provincial legislation relating to aboriginal people;
  • aboriginal and treaty rights, including native land claims;
  • constitutional reform;
  • administration of justice; and
  • traditional aboriginal law and selected matters.

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