Aboriginal Rights Studies

Having strong evidence of how, where and when Section 35 rights can or cannot be practised is critical for the protection of those rights.

We are taking a stand …against “traditional”.

Calliou Group is concerned about attempts to define and separate “traditional uses” of land and water by Aboriginal peoples from the exercise of their treaty and Aboriginal rights. We hold that Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution does not make this distinction, and protects Aboriginal peoples’ activities and places including and not limited to, hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering, sacred and ceremonial activities, transfer sites, feasting, teaching, and storied places. Additionally, we strongly maintain that the distinction between treaty rights and traditional uses is artificial: the right to hunt, fish, and trap remains inextricably bound to the ability to be, to live, and to learn on the land.

Further we challenge static notions of the term “traditional” that imply such activities are part of a bygone past. We maintain and can demonstrate that treaty rights and Aboriginal rights are contemporary activities that while rooted in historic practices and worldviews, are nonetheless part of vibrant and continuous Aboriginal people’s cultures and ways of life.

As such, we are renaming the studies we conduct from Traditional Land Use Studies (TLUS) to Aboriginal Rights Studies (ARS) and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Studies (ATRS) depending on geographic location and context. If you have any questions about this change in name, do not hesitate to contact Calliou Group.

For Documenting Land and Resource Use

An important component of Aboriginal consultation is the completion of a project-specific Aboriginal Rights Study.

Aboriginal Rights Studies can play an important role in the identification of adverse impacts to Aboriginal and treaty rights. These impacts can be identified when information is used within an environmental assessment. Calliou Group will advise Proponents to use this information to ensure regulatory requirements are satisfied.

Calliou Group strives to find tailor-made solutions for collecting and documenting Aboriginal Rights Study information. Calliou Group will ensure representation of Aboriginal Rights Study information is protected by confidentiality measures and supported by enhanced data management security.