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The Minority Regime and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

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This chapter examines the relationship between the United Nations' minority regime and state recognition of minority groups. First, the chapter reviews the status, including health and living standards, of Canada's Aboriginal groups, as well as the group's relationship to non- Aboriginal Canadians. It then presents a research on the history and evolution of the Canadian-Aboriginal legislative relationship to determine the terms of the Canadian regime governing Aboriginals. The chapter then contrasts Canada's Indian regime with UN recommendations concerning Canada's Aboriginal policies in Lovelace v. Canada (Lovelace), as well as other comments on Canada from United Nations' Human Rights Committee reports. Finally, the chapter summarizes the extent of domestic implementation of international treaty responsibilities concerning the treatment of indigenous groups.

Keywords: Canada's Aboriginal groups; Lovelace decision; minority regime



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