NCH works with a community only when it is invited to do so. Throughout its work it is guided by the community members, the titleholders. NCH is only a facilitator and, therefore, does not lead any action or assume any assertion. NCH works closely with the community to determine the capability and resources required to work on the initiatives determined by the community.
Indigenous people are underserved in the Canadian constitution and justice system. NCH supports communities in asserting their self-determination rights by helping them navigate the complex and foreign court system. It also helps Indigenous communities and collectives make Indigenous legal orders, nationhood and its constitution pre-eminent.
It supports communities in restoring self-governance, in dismantling apartheid-like laws of the Indian Act and in stopping further land dispossession.
NCH capacity builds Indigenous communities by being a support for their action-based research, especially in matters relating to assertion of their inherent and land rights. NCH maintains a clearing house for Indigenous legal information.
NCH's research empowers nations so that they can assert their rights in consenting or vetoing decisions that impact their land.
NCH hosts workshops on community's nationhood readiness.
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