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Flawed Precedent

The St. Catherine's Case and Aboriginal Title

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In 1888, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled in the St. Catherine's case. This precedent-setting decision would define the legal contours of Aboriginal title in Canada for almost a hundred years. In Flawed Precedent, preeminent legal scholar Kent McNeil examines the trial and its context in detail, demonstrating how erroneous assumptions and prejudicial attitudes about Indigenous peoples and their land use influenced the case. He also discusses the effects the decision had on law and policy until the 1970s when its authority was finally questioned in Calder and in other key rulings. McNeil has written a compelling account of a landmark case that undermined Indigenous land rights for almost a century.

Product code: 9780774861069

ISBN 9780774861069
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW140
Series Landmark Cases in Canadian Law
No. Of Pages 352
Publisher University of British Columbia Press
This illuminating account of the St. Catherine's case of the 1880s reveals the erroneous assumptions and racism inherent in judgments that would define the nature and character of Aboriginal title in Canadian law and policy for almost a century.