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Reconciliation So Far


From: Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice


Chapter 5 explores how the idea of reconciliation has not been universally accepted. Providing a brief history of the terms use in relation to Indigenous Canadians, through the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1996, the 1998 “Statement of Reconciliation” from former Indian and Northern Affairs Minister, Jane Stewart. The chapter focuses on exploring the implications of the ideas behind reconciliation by examining the Constitution Act, 1982, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



David Milward

David Milward is an associate professor of law with the University of Victoria and a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan. He assisted the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the authoring of its final report on Indigenous justice issues and is the author of Aboriginal Justice and the Charter: Realizing a Culturally Sensitive Interpretation of Legal Rights, which was joint winner of the K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing and was short-listed for the Canadian Law & Society Association Book Prize. He also co-authored The Art of Science in the Canadian Justice: A Reflection on My Experiences as an Expert Witness. Dr. Milward is the author of numerous articles on Indigenous justice in leading national and international law journals.