Members of the Closing the Enforcement Gap team have begun exciting new research into questions of Indigenous waged labour and jurisdiction in Canada.
A new research brief released through the Yellowhead Institute at Ryerson University gives a glimpse into this new research. “What’s at the “Core of Indianness”? Bill-C92, Labour & Indigenous Social Services” examines the Supreme Court of Canada case NIL/TU,O v BCGEU and the jurisdiction of Indigenous labour relations with focus on the “core of Indianness.” Since the late 1970s, the “core” has emerged in case law around land rights, hunting, fishing and harvesting rights, and labour relations to determine what counts as Indigenous activity and labour and, following from that definition, what falls within (or outside) federal jurisdiction. However, this concept as been – and is – highly contested.
Access this research brief here: https://yellowheadinstitute.org/2020/11/10/whats-at-the-core-of-indianness-bill-c92-labour-and-indigenous-social-services/