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Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada

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ISBN13: 9781442612846
Published: March 2013
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Paperback
Price: £17.99



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This book provides the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of the factors that explain both completed and incomplete treaty negotiations between Aboriginal groups and the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada. Since 1973, groups that have never signed treaties with the Crown have been invited to negotiate what the government calls "comprehensive land claims agreements," otherwise known as modern treaties, which formally transfer jurisdiction, ownership, and title over selected lands to Aboriginal signatories. Despite their importance, not all groups have completed such agreements -- a situation that is problematic not only for governments but for Aboriginal groups interested in rebuilding their communities and economies.Using in-depth interviews with Indigenous, federal, provincial, and territorial officials, Christopher Alcantara compares the experiences of four Aboriginal groups: the Kwanlin Dun First Nation (with a completed treaty) and the Kaska Nations (with incomplete negotiations) in Yukon Territory, and the Inuit (completed) and Innu (incomplete) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Based on the experiences of these groups, Alcantara argues that scholars and policymakers need to pay greater attention to the institutional framework governing treaty negotiations and, most importantly, to the active role that Aboriginal groups play in these processes.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Canada
Contents:
Illustrations
Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage: The Context of Modern Treaty Negotiations in Canada
Chapter 2: The Odyssey of the Innu and the Inuit in Labrador
Chapter 3: The Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Kaska Nations in the Yukon Territory
Chapter 4: Where Do We Go From Here? Options and Alternatives
Conclusion
Postscript
Bibliography