The Delgamuukw case remains significant in Canadian history because it reinforced Aboriginal rights and affirmed the validity of oral history. Contradicting Allan McEachern’s decision in 1991, the Canadian Supreme Court validated oral history and elucidated laws on the Aboriginal title.
According to Supreme Court, oral history offers ancient facts equally important as documented historical evidence. Delgamuukw clarified the laws governing or informing the Aboriginal title. The ruling outlined several requirements mainly relating to occupancy that indigenous people must fulfill to prove their titles to ancestral territories. The court directed the federal government to consult with indigenous communities, thus strengthening aboriginal rights.