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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Courts, Assemblies, and Privilege: Individual Rights in the Colonies in The Early 19th Century

Lyndsay Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of History, Law and Society, University of Calgary

Published April 19, 2018 by Technologies of Justice.

Lyndsay Campbell hosted a talk entitled Courts, Assemblies, and Privilege: Individual Rights in the Colonies during the Technologies of Justice Conference session Doing and Knowing Law. The conference took place from January 26 to 27, 2018 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario.



Campbell asked, “What is law?” She pressed the question of what the legislature can legally do in terms of parliamentary privilege, and whether assemblies have the same abilities as the House of Commons. She highlighted the flip-flopping in the House of Commons in the 19th century and how the chance and occurrence of everyone suing everyone was causative of the reining in of colonial legislatures in the 1800s. She spoke of defining law and the power of the House of Commons historically and how this applies to us in a modern sense.