Indigenous and Settler Legal Systems

Modern Treaty Dispute Resolution: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Research Theme: Indigenous and Settler Legal Systems

Experience with the formal dispute resolution mechanisms under modern treaties has been sparse. Although disputes between treaty parties are not rare, a notably small number of disputes have been settled through the processes set out in the treaties. With the support of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, the Nisga’a Lisims Government, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and with funding and support from the Modern Treaty Implementation Research Project, this report explores and documents this limited experience, investigating possible reasons for the limited access to treaty-based dispute resolution processes and possible lessons to be drawn from this experience.

Read the report here.