Indigenous Law

Indigenous law is a complex area that encompasses issues concerning First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and their relationship with governments, rights to land, rights to tradition and rights to self-government. In this guide, you will find resources available in our library, as well as links to external resources that are key to understanding this area of law. 

Indigenous Court

Calgary Indigenous Court Guide  

A resource guide developed for the opening of the Indigenous courtroom in Calgary, Alberta. Current as of 2018.

Case Law

For more information on finding case see our research guide: Finding and Researching Cases.




The Canadian Abridgment available on: Westlaw Canada

All Canadian Summaries, Canadian Case Summaries and Canada Digest are available on: Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®

Alberta Court Judgments

A collection of judgments of the Alberta Courts is available from CanLII. The scope of coverage varies by jurisdiction and court. The official version of the reasons for judgment is the signed original or handwritten endorsement in the court file. If there is a question about the content of a judgment, the original court file takes precedence.



For a complete list of Federal acts and regulations that directly impact First Nations, Inuit, and Métis see:

All Federal Acts and Regulations can be found electronically at:



Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (C.E.D.) (Western), 4th ed. available electronically through Westlaw Canada

Sections relevent to aboriginal law include:

  • Aboriginal law
  • Constitutional law

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Halsbury’s laws of Canada

This multi-volume set includes coverage of Federal, Provincial & Territorial legislation. It explains the legislation and cases which govern indigenous law issues in every jurisdiction in Canada.

Titles related to indigenous law include:

Additional information may be found under other topical headings.

Also available electronically through: LexisAdvance Quicklaw




Additional full-text articles are available electronically through:

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