BCLI Primers on Legal Pluralism

In case you missed it, as part of the Reconciling Crown Legal Frameworks (RCLF) Program, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) released three more primers in a series aimed at providing information on law reform issues related to BC’s adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (“Declaration Act”):

The three primers aim to assist legal practitioners and policymakers working with Crown law institutions in understanding how multiple systems of law can operate together:

Primer 3, Legal Pluralism in Canada looks at the way in which the Canadian state has always recognized coexisting sources of law, for example provincial and federal sources of law. Understanding the arrangements that Crown laws already use can support their application to other legal relationships.

Primer 4, Legal Pluralism: Indigenous Legal Orders & Other State Jurisdictions explores ways in which other state jurisdictions have built frameworks for the operation of state and Indigenous laws through state constitutions, state legislation and state court procedures.

Primer 5, Legal Pluralism: Indigenous Legal Orders & Canadian State Law is a collaborative publication with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. It explores the interactions of different systems of law and jurisdiction in what is now known as Canada from two perspectives: 1) as between Indigenous legal orders and 2) as between the Canadian state and Indigenous legal orders.

For more information on the program and the primers, visit the program's information page: BCLI Reconciliation - British Columbia Law Institute.

Check out our post on the first release of primers, which includes Courthouse Libraries BC resources on UNDRIP, the Declaration Act, and Indigenous law: BCLI Primers on UNDRIP, the Declaration Act, and Indigenous Law | Courthouse Libraries BC (courthouselibrary.ca).