By Keith Cherry, PhD fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in collaboration with Oliver Schmidtke, director Centre for Global Studies (CFGS), University of Victoria, lead of the ECSA-C Research Group - Democracy.

A recent controversy about plans to build a pipeline through unceded Indigenous territory catalyzed an unprecedented wave of national and international protest. The ensuing political debate represents an important opportunity to rethink Canada’s approach to Indigenous law. This memo argues that transnational legal instruments, in particular the European model of “constitutional pluralism” can provide tools for re-imaging the relationship between Settler and Indigenous legalities.


This policy memo is one of ten policy memos for the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Program Support for Associations project “Building capacity for Canada’s European Studies community: the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C) as a research and outreach hub” (ECSA-Cn).

Young ECSA-C scholars from Canada and Europe were invited to come up with policy advise in their respective fields of research in close collaboration with the five ECSA-C research groups: * Democracy/ led by Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria; * Environment, Climate Change and Energy/ led by Joan Debardeleben, Carleton University; * Foreign Policy and Security/ led by Frédéric Mérand, Université de Montréal; * Migration/ led by Ruben Zaiotti, Dalhousie University; * Political Economy/ led by Kurt Hübner, University of British Columbia. The initiative Europe Canada Network (, coordinated by Beate Schmidtke, collaborates closely with the ECSA-C team.

The policy memo series is designed to contribute to the public debate on core challenges in public policy making with a particular emphasis on comparative, transatlantic perspectives. It is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. 




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