"In 1888, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled in St. Catherine's Milling and Lumber Company v. The Queen, a case involving the Saulteaux people's land rights in Ontario. This precedent-setting case would define the legal contours of Aboriginal title in Canada for almost a hundred years, despite the racist assumptions about Indigenous peoples at the heart of the case. In Flawed Precedent, preeminent legal scholar Kent McNeil provides a compelling account of this contentious case. He begins by delving into the historical and ideological context of the 1880s. He then examines the trial in detail, demonstrating how prejudicial attitudes towards Indigenous peoples influenced the decision. He further discusses the effects that St. Catherine's had on law and policy until the 1970s when its authority was finally questioned in Calder, then in Delgamuukw, Marshall/Bernard, Tsilhqot'in, and in other key rulings. He also provides an informative analysis of the current judicial understanding of Aboriginal title in Canada, now driven by evidence of Indigenous law and land use rather than the discarded prejudicial assumptions of a bygone era."-- Provided by publisher.
Includes table of cases.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-295) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The political and ideological context of the 1880s The historical context The factual background, cause of action, and evidence Chancellor Boyd's trial decision The Ontario Court of Appeal decision The Supreme Court of Canada judgments Lord Watson's Privy Council decision The decision's impact and the debate over Indigenous land rights in British Columbia The modern case law.
Issued also in electronic format.
KEO1047.O39 M36 2019
Available in Other Form
Online version: McNeil, Kent, 1945- Flawed precedent. Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, 2019