Macdonald-Laurier Institute Senior Fellow Dwight Newman has been named a 2015 winner of a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 award.
The recognition aims to identify people under 40 years old who are making a difference in their communities and excelling in their fields.
Newman, a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan, has carved out a meaningful place in the Canadian legal landscape with his research on Aboriginal affairs as they relate to natural resource development.
Newman has published extensively on the constitutional “duty to consult” with Aboriginals. He also led the analysis on a pair of Supreme Court decisions – the Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows rulings – that changed the game on Aboriginal land title rights claims.
Newman has authored several papers for MLI on the inclusion of Aboriginal peoples in economic and resource development projects, including:
- The Rule and Role of Law: The duty to consult, Aboriginal communities and the Canadian natural resource sector, May 2014
- The End is Not Nigh: Reason over alarmist in analysing the Tsilhqot’in decision, September 2014 (with Ken Coates)
Professor Newman has also commented extensively on issues in the media. In addition to several op-eds and commentaries, he recently contributed to an interview with Maclean’s Magazine about judicial activism at the Supreme Court.