Duty to Consult

The “duty to consult” requires consultation with Indigenous groups when government action may impact “Aboriginal and treaty rights”. Through interviews with legal experts, this four-part series explores what the duty to consult is, where it comes from, and how it might change in future. Listen to learn more about Canadian Aboriginal Law, its interaction with Indigenous Laws and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Developed by student researchers at the Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta. None of the information in this podcast series constitutes legal advice.


Episode 1: Interview with Professor Eric M. Adams
February 16, 2022

Vice Dean and Professor Eric M. Adams (University of Alberta) walks us through the duty to consult doctrine’s background, context, purpose, and basics. He also discusses some key cases concerning the duty to consult.

Eric M. Adams is Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law. He has won numerous teaching and research awards and his areas of expertise include constitutional law and theory.

Episode 2: Interview with Professor John Borrows
February 23, 2022

Professor John Borrows discusses what Indigenous Law and Aboriginal Law are, and how Indigenous Law relates to the duty to consult.

Episode 3: Interview with Lawyer Sara Mainville
March 2, 2022

Sara Mainville (Partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP) discusses what the duty to consult means from an Anishinaabe perspective. She explains how Indigenous Law relates to the duty to consult, treaty-making, and reconciliation. We also touch upon the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Episode 4: Interview with Lawyer Meaghan Conroy
March 9, 2022

Meaghan Conroy (Partner, MLT Aikins LLP) discusses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Bill C-15). She explores what impact UNDRIP and Bill C-15 may have on Canadian Aboriginal Law – particularly the duty to consult.

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