Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History
Arthur J. Ray is professor emeritus of history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Telling It to the Judge: Taking Native History to Court.
In Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History, Arthur Ray examines how claims-oriented research is often fitted to the existing frames of indigenous rights law and claims legislation and, as a result, has influenced the development of these laws and legislation. Through a comparative study encompassing the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Ray also explores the ways in which various procedures and settings for claims adjudication have influenced and changed the use of historical evidence, made space for indigenous voices, stimulated scholarly debates about the cultural and historical experiences of indigenous peoples at the time of initial European contact and afterward, and have provoked reactions from politicians and scholars.
“Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History is accessible and fascinating, and will appeal to a broad general audience. It also deals with important current issues that will be of interest to historians and lawyers, and other researchers, practitioners, and technicians. ” - Carwyn Jones, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington