Indigenous Peoples and the Future of Federalism

SKU: 9781487555719

Amy Swiffen & Joshua Nichols (Eds.)
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Adult Education
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University of Toronto Press
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Edited by Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols, this collection highlights the urgency of reimagining federalism and the potential for federalism to support Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, leading to a truly democratic Canada.

As a settler state, Canada’s claims to sovereign control over territory are contested by Indigenous claims to land and to self-determination. Indigenous Peoples and the Future of Federalism presents legal analyses that explore forms of federalism and their potential to include multiple and divided sovereignties.

This collection aims to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere by developing jurisprudence on the possibilities for a nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous nations and Crown sovereignty. Contributors use legal creativity to explore how federalism can be structured to include the constitutional jurisdiction of Indigenous nations. Several chapters are grounded in the Canadian context while others connect the issues to international law and other settler colonial jurisdictions, recognizing how Indigenous resistance to settler laws and government decisions can at the same time be the enactment of Indigenous legalities and constitutional cultures. Ultimately, Indigenous Peoples and the Future of Federalism offers innovative ways for Canada to move forward from this challenge using existing constitutional mechanisms to give life to a plurinational Canadian federalism inclusive of the jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples.

Foreword by James Sa’ke’j Youngblood Henderson

Introduction: Indigenous Peoples in Federal Contexts
Amy Swiffen with Shoshana Paget

Section 1: Futures of Canadian Federalism
1. Creating Inclusive Canadian Federalism
James Sa’ke’j Youngblood Henderson
2. Consent and the Resolution of Political Relations between Indigenous Peoples and the
Canadian State
Michael Asch
3. Struggles against Domestication: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and Constitutional Pluralism
Gordon Christie

Section 2: Decolonizing Constitutionalism
4. Politicizing Indigenous Self-Determination: The UNDRIP and Legal and Political
Yann Allard Tremblay
5. A Theory of Decolonial Constitutionalism: Insights from Latin America
Roger Merino
6. UNDRIP, the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Developing Constitution of Aotearoa New
Carwyn Jones

Section 3: Pluri-national Federalism
7. Treaty Federalism, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Section 25 as a
Bridge across Legal Cultures
Amy Swiffen
8. Room to Manoeuvre: The Legal Imagination of Sovereignty in M’Intosh, Worcester, and
Ryan Beaton
9. “To Invite New Worlds”: Indigenous Constitutionalism and the Search for a Jurisgenerative
Federalism in Canada
Robert Hamilton

Conclusion: The Futures of Federalism
Joshua Nichols

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