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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

A People’s Dream

Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada

In this provocative and passionate book, Dan Russell outlines the history of Aboriginal self-government in Canada. He compares it to that of the United States, where, for over 150 years, tribes have practised self-government -- domestic dependent nationhood. Russell provides specific examples of how those institutions of government operate, and eloquently explains, from an Aboriginal perspective, what his people hope to achieve through self-governing authority. After describing rights theory, Russell locates Aboriginal self-government as a cultural right, and illustrates how the entitlements of Aboriginal women, an Aboriginal ethic, and collective rights, which are protected by self-governance, may conflict with the Canadian Charter of Rights.

258 pages

Table of Contents




1 The Self-Government Ideal: A Recent Concept

2 The American Tribal Government Experience: Lessons for Canada

3 Entrenching Self-Government: The Treaty Option

4 Entrenching Self-Government: The “Principled Approach”

5 Historical Aboriginal Collective Rights

6 Aboriginal Values versus Charter Rights

7 A Metaphorical Charter: An Aboriginal Response

8 The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and Self-Government: Just Another Lump of Coal

9 The Future of Self-Government: Building Trust and Confidence Notes

Selected Bibliography


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