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Unstable Properties

Aboriginal Title and the Claim of British Columbia

A clear-eyed study that highlights the unstable ideological foundation of settler-Indigenous land and title arrangements in British Columbia.

The so-called land question dominates political discourse in British Columbia. Unstable Properties reverses the usual approach—investigating Aboriginal claims to Crown land—to reframe the issue as a history of Crown attempts to solidify claims to Indigenous territory. The political and intellectual leadership of First Nations has exposed the fragility of British Columbia’s political and civil property regimes, insisting that the province grapples with diverse interpretations of sovereignty, governance, territory, and property. From the historical-geographic processes through which the British Columbian polity became entrenched in its present territory to key events of the twenty-first century, the authors of this clear-eyed study highlight the unstable ideological foundation of land and title arrangements. Unstable Properties puts critical human geography at the service of educating Canadians about settler colonialism.

256 pages | 1 map | 6 x 9

Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography

History: General History

Native American Studies


“One task of Reconciliation is to learn the true history of the relationships between settlers, Indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the land. This book makes an important in-road toward that goal.”

Alan Hanna, University of Victoria

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