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a tall slender four sided tombstone.
obiter dictum
an opinion expressed by a judge in a case about matters or circumstances which do not directly concern the case.
A term used to describe First Nation people, services or objects that are not part of a First Nation community with registered status.
official records
records that are kept by an institution like an Archives or a Provincial or Federal government. Examples: Census, birth, marriage and death records.
oral history
evidence taken from the spoken words of people who have knowledge of past events and traditions.
oral tradition
the passing along of knowledge, tradition, customs and skills by word of mouth from one generation to the next.
original records
see Primary sources
Oyer and Terminer
high courts of criminal jurisdiction.