A People's Dream

Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada

By (author) Dan Russell
Categories: Politics and government, Society and Social Sciences
Publisher: UBC Press
Paperback : 9780774807999, 258 pages, December 2000

Table of contents




1 The Self-Government Ideal: A Recent Concept

2 The American Tribal Government Experience: Lessons for Canada

3 Entrenching Self-Government: The Treaty Option

4 Entrenching Self-Government: The “Principled Approach”

5 Historical Aboriginal Collective Rights

6 Aboriginal Values versus Charter Rights

7 A Metaphorical Charter: An Aboriginal Response

8 The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and Self-Government: Just Another Lump of Coal

9 The Future of Self-Government: Building Trust and Confidence Notes

Selected Bibliography



In this provocative and passionate book, Dan Russell outlines the
history of Aboriginal self-government in Canada. He compares it to that
of the United States, where, for over 150 years, tribes have practised
self-government — domestic dependent nationhood. Russell provides
specific examples of how those institutions of government operate, and
eloquently explains, from an Aboriginal perspective, what his people
hope to achieve through self-governing authority. After describing
rights theory, Russell locates Aboriginal self-government as a cultural
right, and illustrates how the entitlements of Aboriginal women, an
Aboriginal ethic, and collective rights, which are protected by
self-governance, may conflict with the Canadian Charter of Rights.