The Doctrine of Discovery


Symposium 2012 - Presentations
Robert J Miller - address broadly based on the following paper -
The International Law of Colonialism: A Comparative Analysis - Robert J Miller - Legal research paper series, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2011-
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Jennifer Caruso - Element 9: Is this what God really wanted?
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Hohaia Matthews - The Maori Experience
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Symposium 2012 - Background Papers
Romanus Pontifex (Nicholas V), January 8, 1455.
Inter Cetera (Alexander VI), May 4, 1493

Letters patent 1836 establishing the Province of South Australia
Treaty of Waitangi - 6 February 1840

International responses:
UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - 13 September 2007
Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples WCC Executive Committee, 14-17 February 2012, Bossey, Switzerland
Anglican Church of Canada, General Synod 2010 - Resolutions A086   Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and Endorse & Adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN general assembly.
Mardi Tindal: leader of United Church (of Canada) reflects on our nation's colonial history: Special to National Post, Jun 14, 2012.

Some modern local responses:
Preamble to the Uniting Church Constitution, July 2009
A Statement from the National Young Adults Leaders Conference of the UCA, February, 2012
SA Recognition of Aboriginal People in the Constitution - Consultation, May 2012