Reading Lists

Get informed about Indigenous rights.

Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our reading lists below.

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Doctrine of Discovery Resource List

Indigenous Peoples around the world continue to call on governments and courts to repudiate the doctrine of discovery.

We thought it would be useful to provide a list of resources for anyone wanting to learn more about the doctrine of discovery and support Indigenous Peoples’ calls to reject it. 

It is not a comprehensive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations. 

Here is a video introduction to the doctrine created by Anna Socha with audio from a Globe and Mail podcast interview with Bruce McIvor.



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  • Peter P. D’Errico, Federal Anti-Indian Law: The Legal Entrapment of Indigenous Peoples (Westport: Praeger, 2022). 

  • Kent McNeil, Flawed Precedent: The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019). 

  • Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg, Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). 

  • Lindsay G. Robertson, Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of their Lands (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) 





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