Native Land Claims: Treat Them Fairly! Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

Native Land Claims: Treat Them Fairly!
An argument that native land claims in Canada must be settled fairly by the Canadian government.
# 38809 | 1,150 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The paper argues that Native land claims should be settled for legal reasons as well as moral reasons. The paper discusses how it is important for Native people and Native development that they exert jurisdiction over their communities, and, giving Natives control of their own affairs could solve the problem of economic depression and social disruption on reserves today. The paper strongly contends that Native land claims must be addressed as legitimate, legal complaints.

Introduction and Thesis
Legal Rights
Necessary for Natives
Moral Reasons

From the Paper:

"Legally natives make two different types of claims for land claims. In some they claim that a treaty exists that states that they conceded some land and kept other land. The treaties are then like a deed of sale and define what land belongs to who. When a treaty exists and the land was clearly not surrendered by the Natives and it is not owned by the native band today the owner must have proof of its original sale by the band or else his ownership can be disputed. In these cases the documents are very old but the legal claims are easier. The court simply has to interpret the treaty and determine what was given and taken and by who. However, there are also more difficult and confusing land claims. In some land claims Natives argue that treaties exist but that they are not valid because they were not understood by the Natives and are obviously just 'rip-offs.' A Mississauga bandleader says, "If you read the land surrenders, no one could draw any other conclusion than that they were taken advantage of." A contract is not valid if one party is not able to give informed consent, so Natives argue these treaties are not valid if they did not give 'informed consent.' There are very strong legal reasons to accept Native land claims."

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