Native Rights in Canada
Our Land explains how Canada's aboriginal peoples were brought to their current state of deprevation, and what they propose to do about it.
Statistics speak all too eloquently of the plight of Canada's native people: unemployment runs as high as 90 per cent on some reserves; the school completion rate is less than 1/4 the national average; suicide rates are six times the national average. Canada has its own Third World of some 1 million people.
Our Land explains how Canada's aboriginal peoples were brought to this state of deprevation, and what they propose to do about it. Author Donald Purich begins by painting a quick, compelling portrait of the vibrant pre-contact Indian and Inuit cultures. He relates the effects of European colonisation and of "Indian policy" from Confederation on, including the legacy of treaty-making. The heart of the book concerns current native rights issues: land claims, economic development, self-government and constitutional protection. A separate chapter is devoted to the special case of the Métis.
About the Author
DONALD PURICH is a former director of the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.
First published in 1985, Police drew together all available research on policing in a book that was the first to lift the veil on urban policing in Canada.$35.00, HardcoverThis book offers a lucid and concise introduction to Canada's constitution and the many political controversies that surround it.$10.95, Paperback