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Circles of Time [electronic resource]: Aboriginal Land Rights and Resistance in Ontario
McNab, David T. Author
Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press May 1999 North York : University of Toronto Press [Distributor]
288 p. ill 09.000 x 06.000 in.
0889203180 (Trade Cloth), 9780889203181
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Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press May 1999 North York : University of Toronto Press [Distributor]
0889203180 (Trade Cloth)
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The origin of the events during the summer of 1990 in a little-known area of Quebec lies deep within the history of Canada. Resistance to government’s handling of land claims is not new, but the extreme and violent form of the response at Oka heralded a new approach by First Nations to the resolution of Aboriginal land and treaty rights in Canada.

Circles of Timedocuments the experiences of Aboriginal people, their history and recent negotiations in Ontario, and provides insight into the historiography of the treaty-making process, particularly in the last quarter-century. Controversial decisions such as the Temagami case and Oka are detailed, and McNab, who draws on archival sources that support oral history, provides a new perspective on land claims issues.

Such compelling background information will be invaluable to anyone endeavoring to understand the origin and the current controversies surrounding Aboriginal land and treaty rights, and will clarify the reasons for resistance. Above all, this book will remind us we must never forget that this history belongs to Aboriginal people. Turtle Island is their place, and their oral history can no longer be ignored.

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David T. McNab is a public historian who has worked over two decades on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. He is currently a claims advisor for Nin.Da. Waab.Jig., Walpole Island Heritage Centre, Bkejwanong First Nations, and an Honorary External Associate in the Frost Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development Studies at Trent University
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In this critical review of the history of land rights recognition by the federal and provincial governments of Canada, McNab, a public historian and claims advisor, provides ideas for the resolution of land rights conflict. Oral historical traditions have been replaced by incomplete written accounts of visitors who misunderstood what they witnessed. Oral traditions must be accepted as evidence in interpreting treaties between First Nations and Canada, because treaty issues do not die until they are resolved mutually. "The federal government has been largely indifferent to Aboriginal title and land rights, taking a legalistic approach overall, and only acting when it is forced to do so by Canada's courts. Secondly, the provinces continue to use their hegemony over lands and natural resources through legislation and regulations, in self-serving ways." Vacillation between principle and expediency has weakened national "policy." McNab identifies five needed changes, to be negotiated on a Nation-to-Nation basis: a new national treaty among English, French, and First Nation citizens; a declaration of mutual respect; a fail-safe framework for continuous dialogue; an independent tribunal to resolve issues; and a rapid allocation of lands/resources to despairing aboriginal communities. Graduate, faculty. S. R. Martin; Michigan Technological University
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Free and Full Possession of Their Lands: The Metis and the Treaty-Making Process in Ontariop. 21
Maps and Photosp. 35
We Hardly Have Any Idea of Such Bargains: Teme-Augama Anishnabai Title and Land Rightsp. 45
A Paper Circle: The Reserves of the Assabaska First Nationp. 75
Wilderness and Extinction: The Lac la Croix and the Sturgeon Lake First Nationsp. 89
Let Them Harvest Blueberries: The Magpie Negotiations and Agreement of 1987-89p. 101
A Failed Settlement?: The Manitoulin Island Negotiations of 1988-90p. 117
All in the Family: The Batchewana First Nation, Fishing and Land Rights, 1989-91p. 135
A Spirit of Mutual Respect: The Walpole Island First Nation and Aboriginal Titlep. 147
Retrospect: Towards a Meeting Groundp. 187
The St. Anne Island Treaty of 1796p. 203
Notesp. 209
Select Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 273
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