Source: (2005) In Wanda D. McCaslin, ed., Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways. Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice from the Native Law Centre. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press. Pp. 240-244.

"As the authors explain more fully in their book, Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge, Indigenous knowledge and heritage are Aboriginal rights within the Constitution of Canada. While the source of Aboriginal rights are firmly anchored within Aboriginal jurisprudence and laws, the strongest constitutional document of Canada, namely, the Constitution of Canada, is theoretically to provide protection. Aboriginal Peoples therefore look to the Constitution of Canada to protect their knowledge, ecological relationships, and linguistic and heritage rights, even though current implementation falls far short of this promise. (MDW)" (excerpt)