By Law or In Justice: The Indian Specific Claims Commission and the Struggle for Indigenous Justice by Jane Dickson, a commissioner for the non defunct Indian Specific Claims Commission. This book explores the history of Treaties and Aboriginal Government division of its Specific Claims branch. It is also a history of bullying, micromanagement, and limited accountability In spite of numerous reports such as Justice At Last, there are problems in policy-making and processes stemming from one fundamental flaw, according to the author, which is the Crown.
Indigenous Peoples of the World: An Introduction to Their Past, Present and Future is part of Purich's Aboriginal Issues Series is a comprehensive survey of the Indigenous Peoples of the world, including who they are, where they live, and similarities in their history and future challenges. Author Brian Goehring points out how the Indigenous struggle for self-determination, a land base and an economy which allows for participation on their terms is a world wide phenomena. Goehring is an educator and geographer.
The Honour and Dishonour of the Crown: Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada by legal scholar Jamie Dickson contends the honour of the Crown should be the starting principle in settling disputes between the Crown and Aboriginal peoples. He contends that courts have begun to place greater emphasis on the honour of the Crown and explores the theoretical and practical implications of this shift.
Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the negative impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. Everything from the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers is examined (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution). The author argues there is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, and that our legal regime is one of the determinants of health.
Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nehiyaw Legal Systems is the 2015 publication by Sylvia MaAdams (Saysewahum), co-founder of the international movement Idle No More. Traditionally and through custom, nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through the generations in the oral tradition, utilizing stories, songs, ceremonies, lands, waters, animals, land markings and other sacred rites.
Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinabe Understanding of Treaty One focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective. In order to interpret and implement a treaty between the Crown and Canada’s First Nations, we must look to its spirit and intent, and consider what was contemplated by the parties at the time the treaty was negotiated, argues author Aimée Craft.
Aboriginal Law: Commentary and Analysis is the 2012 edition of this important introduction to Aboriginal legal issues in Canada. Thomas Isaac highlights the most important aspects of Canadian law as it impacts on Aboriginal peoples and their relationship with the wider Canadian society. While covering important issues such as Aboriginal and treaty rights, constitutional issues, land claims, self-government, provincial and federal roles in dealing with Aboriginal peoples, the rights of the Métis, and the Indian Act, this book pays particular attention to the Crown’s duty to consult.
Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit by Dr. Marie Battiste, Mi'kmaw educator and scholar presents a new model for Indigenous education. Drawing on treaties, international law, the work of other Indigenous scholars, and especially personal experiences, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge.
Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity is based on Mi'kmaw lawyer Pamela Palmater's 2009 thesis about the role of the Indian Act in determination of Indian status in terms of current Indigenous understandings of identity and self-government. She provides an overview of the federal legislation that defined Indian status and non-status; Aboriginal Identity in a Liberal Democracy; Indian Act Inequality; Charter Equality; Remedying Inequality for Non-Status Indians; Band Membership vs. Self-Government Citizenship; and Rethinking Indigenous Identity and Belonging.