INDIGENOUS CLAIMS SUPPORT
Righting historical injustices against Indigenous peoples in Canada is a complex process. Legal proceedings require thorough historical research, often drawn from hundreds of thousands of documents that must be collected and analyzed to answer questions and formulate expert testimonies.
Comprehensive analysis and reporting
Know History provides wide-ranging research services for Indigenous groups and their legal advisors. We have the expertise and technology to analyze hundreds of thousands of documents from archives across the country. We have extensive experience collecting and interpreting census records, pay-lists, scrip records, civic and clerical records, Indian Affairs reports, HBC journals, and RCMP enumerations. We assist our clients in the discovery process by delivering these records in comprehensive document collections, complete with full citation information.
We also provide meticulous, objective reports. We use social network analysis, geographic information systems (GIS) technology, and proprietary digital tools to investigate histories of land use, shifting boundaries, settlement patterns and historical relationships. Our services extend to writing and reviewing expert reports, rebuttal reports and statements of claims.
Expert, third-party advice
Our associates have significant litigation experience and understand the evolution of Indigenous rights assertion and case law in Canada. We take a collaborative, respectful approach to understanding Indigenous histories. We can also testify as expert witnesses and assist with trial preparation.
- Statements of claims
- Expert witness testimony
- Expert reports
- Expert rebuttal reports
- Literature review
- Specific claims
- Comprehensive claims
- Archival research
- Social network analysis
- Document collections
Image Credit: Edward S. Curtis/ Library and Archives Canada / PA-039476.