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The Way of the Lake Babine Nation

This book, the first to be written about the Lake Babine Nation in north-central British Columbia, examines its traditional legal order, self-identity, and their involvement in current treaty negotiations.Changing relations between the First Nations and the Canadian state have led to a new awareness of customary legal orders. These orders can help the state accommodate diverse approaches to judicial fairness and social justice, and offer a way for Aboriginal nations to maintain their identity and moral order.

272 pages

Table of Contents




1 The Political and Cultural Context

2 Investigating Social and Cultural Practices

3 The Lake Babine People: The Four-Clan Nation

4 The Balhats

5 Origin and History of the Balhats

6 The Way of the Balhats

7 Colonial Legal Orders

8 Contemporary Justice Issues

9 Conclusion

Notes; References; Index

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