Landmark Cases

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Aboriginal Rights Cases

R. v. Van der Peet (1996, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Adams (1996, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Cote (1996, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Gladstone (1996, Supreme Court of Canada)

Mitchell v. Minister of National Revenue (M.N.R.) (2001, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Sappier; R. v. Gray (2006 Supreme Court of Canada)

Aboriginal Title Cases

Calder v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (1973, Supreme Court of Canada)

Baker Lake (Hamlet) v. Canada (Minister of Indians Affairs and Northern Development) (1980, Federal Court Trial Division)

Delgamuukw v. British Columbia (1997, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Marshall; R. v. Bernard (2005, Supreme Court of Canada)

Tsilhqot'in First Nation v British Columbia (2007, British Columbia Supreme Court)

Treaty Rights Cases

R. v. Horseman (1990, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Badger (1996, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Sundown (1999, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Marshall (1999, Supreme Court of Canada) (Marshall #1)

R. v. Marshall (1999, Supreme Court of Canada) (Marshall #2)

Lac La Ronge Indian Band v. Canada (2001, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal) (Venne)

R. v. Marshall; R. v. Bernard (2005, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Morris (2006, Supreme Court of Canada)

Consultation Cases

R. v. Sparrow (1990, Supreme Court of Canada)

Halfway River First Nation v. British Columbia (Ministry of Forests) (1997, Supreme Court of British Columbia)

Halfway River First Nation v. British Columbia (Ministry of Forests) (1999, British Columbia Court of Appeal)

R. v. Breaker (2000, Provincial Court of Alberta)

Liidlii Kue First Nation v. Canada (Attorney General) (2000, Federal Court Trial Division)

Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage) (2001, Federal Court Trial Division)

Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage) (2004, Federal Court of Appeal)

Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) (2004, Supreme Court of Canada)

Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia (Project Assessment Director) (2004, Supreme Court of Canada)

Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage) (2005, Supreme Court of Canada)

Musqueam Indian Band v. British Columbia (Minister of Sustainable Resource Management) (2005, British Columbia Court of Appeal)

Hupacasath First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) et al. (2005, British Columbia Supreme Court)

Huu-ay-Aht First Nation et al. v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) et al. (2005, British Columbia Supreme Court)

R. v. Lefthand (2005, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench)

Dene Tha' First Nation v. Minister of Environment at al. (2006, Federal Court Trial Division)

R. v. Lefthand (2007, Alberta Court of Appeal)

Fiduciary Duty Cases

Guerin v. The Queen (1984, Supreme Court of Canada)

Blueberry River Indian Band v. Canada (1995, Supreme Court of Canada) (Apsassin)

Osoyoos Indian Band v. Oliver (Town) et al. (2001, Supreme Court of Canada)

Wewaykum Indian Band v. Canada (2002, Supreme Court of Canada)

Whitefish Lake Band of Indians v. Canada (Attorney General) (2007, Ontario Court of Appeal)

Jurisdiction/Division of Powers Cases

Kitkatla Band v. British Columbia (Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture) (2002, Supreme Court of Canada)

Paul v. British Columbia (Forest Appeals Commission) (2003, Supreme Court of Canada)

R. v. Morris (2006, Supreme Court of Canada)

Tsilhqot'in First Nation v British Columbia (2007, British Columbia Supreme Court)

Status Cases

Corbiere v. Canada (Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) (1999, Supreme Court of Canada)

McIvor v. The Registrar (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) (2007, British Columbia Supreme Court)

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