First Nations? Second Thoughts, Second Edition

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 12, 2008 - Political Science - 286 pages
Over the last thirty years Canadian policy on aboriginal issues has come to be dominated by an ideology that sees aboriginal peoples as "nations" entitled to specific rights. Indians and Inuit now enjoy legal privileges that include the inherent right to self-government, collective property rights, immunity from taxation, hunting and fishing rights without legal limits, and free housing, education, and medical care. Underpinning these privileges is what Tom Flanagan describes as "aboriginal orthodoxy" - the belief that prior residence in North America is an entitlement to special treatment.
 

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Contents

1 The Aboriginal Orthodoxy
3
2 We Were Here First
11
3 What Ever Happened to Civilization?
27
4 The Fiction of Aboriginal Sovereignty
48
5 Bands Tribes or Nations?
67
6 The Inherent Problems of Aboriginal SelfGovernment
89
7 In Search of Property
113
8 Treaties Agreements and Land Surrenders
134
9 Making a Living
166
10 This Octagon Is a Stop Sign
192
11 Update 2008
199
Notes
235
References
261
Index
279
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Tom Flanagan is professor of political science at the University of Calgary and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

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