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From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation

A Road Map for All Canadians

Canada is a country founded on relationships and agreements between Indigenous people and newcomers. Although recent court cases have strengthened Aboriginal rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations “issues.” Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates breathe new life into these debates by looking at approaches that have failed and succeeded in the past and offering all Canadians – from policy makers to concerned citizens – realistic steps forward. The road ahead is clear: if all Canadians take up their responsibilities as treaty peoples, Canada will become a leader among treaty nations

366 pages

Table of Contents

Preface: Towards Equality of Opportunity


Aboriginal Leaders and Scholars Point the Way

1 The Traditionalists

2 Treaty Federalism

3 Bridging the Solitudes

Non-Aboriginal Views on the Way Forward

4 Legal Rights, Moral Rights, and Well-Being

5 Political and Institutional Approaches

Coming at It from a Different Direction: Aboriginal Success Stories

6 Culture and Education

7 Business and Entrepreneurship

8 Governance and Civic Engagement

Steps towards Social, Political, and Economic Equality

9 Global Lessons

10 Equality of Status

11 Citizenship and a Commonwealth of Aboriginal Peoples

12 Aboriginal Self-Government

13 Community-Based Economic Well-Being

14 Finding Common Economic Ground




References and Further Reading


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