Based on her experiences as an expert witness in Canadian litigation related to Aboriginal peoples, the author shares some personal reflections on the use of the written record as “evidence” in a legal context. As end users in a litigation context will be constructing their own narratives, a historian can add value in the courtroom by sharing skills in analyzing and providing context for written materials as well as providing a narrative based on their content. This process of simultaneously constructing and deconstructing a narrative can support the legitimacy of multiple narratives and provide space for evidence of other types, particularly oral evidence.

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