Thank you to everyone who participated in the Aboriginal Oral Histories in the Courtroom panel. Below, please find a full video of the panel to watch and share. To find out about other UBC Press events, please check our website or follow us on Twitter @UBCPress.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Location: The University of British Columbia,
Liu Institute for Global Issues,
6476 NW Marine Drive (map)
In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada’s Delgamuukw decision determined that oral traditions must be placed “on an equal footing with the types of historical evidence that courts are familiar with” in Aboriginal land claims court proceedings. But how has oral history been used in the courts since that potentially ground-breaking ruling?
In this panel discussion, experts from anthropology, law, literature, and Indigenous studies explore how oral narratives might be treated in the long process from their transmission by one person to another, their placement in archives, their handling by Crown and tribal/band researchers, their performance in a courtroom, and finally to their evaluation by trial judges as forms of evidence. The panelists consider the role of cultural "insiders" and "outsiders" and how an ethics of collaboration may offer strategies for addressing the problem of translating oral traditions into statements of Aboriginal title in the courtroom. They also invite us to consider how scholarship can transform the process of Aboriginal rights litigation.
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