• Aboriginal Rights Practices, customs and traditions of an Aboriginal group practiced prior to European contact. Aboriginal rights are protected under s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • Aboriginal Title Unique right of an Aboriginal group to the exclusive use of, and jurisdiction over, their traditional territories. This right existed prior to colonization, and originates from the practices, customs and traditions of the particular Aboriginal group who claims this right. Aboriginal title is protected under s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • Aboriginal Treaty Formal agreement between the Crown and Aboriginal people.
  • Arbitration Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution wherein settlements of disputes are achieved out of the traditional court system. Disputing parties can select an arbitrator who makes a binding decision based on the arguments presented and the evidence given under oath.
  • Assessment Issued by the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the Minister of National Revenue and usually conveyed by way of a written “Notice of Assessment”. It is the Minister’s calculation of the amount of taxes one owes for a particular period.
  • Asset Purchase Transaction in which the assets of one company are bought by another company. Parties are able to choose the assets that will be acquired, as well as any obligations and liabilities, that will be assumed by the purchaser.