Policies on Aboriginal People in Canada
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This paper discusses the impact and consequences of the federal and provincial government policies on the Aboriginal people of Canada. The paper suggests that the impact and consequences of federal and provincial policies against Aboriginal peoples have made their self-government and full sovereignty as a third partner in Canadian government the only viable means of retaining their identity and tribal cultural values.
From the Paper:"The Aboriginal peoples of Canada have "a long history of the denial of self-government" (Cassidy 99). The Federal government abetted by the provincial governments with strong economic interests in appropriating and developing Indian lands are no longer viable systems of politics or the delivery of social services. Although Chris Anderson, himself an Aboriginal academic, cautions against the reliability of data from "such a blunt instrument like the census" (Anderson 2), if a national tribal council were called with the specific goal of beginning to formulate the framework of a sovereign Aboriginal nation, it is possible that a census of all Indians could be an effective part of that framework. To achieve sovereignty, the links with federalism and provincialism have to be broken; status labels have to be discarded. There are too many "policy formation mechanisms" (Cassidy 97) set up "to deal with the challenges presented by Aboriginal governments" [to provincial ones], but the challenges are presented to the Aboriginal peoples by the provincial and federal governments, not the other way around. The question is not why the Aboriginal people do not have the land, but why the Canadian government has it. Sovereignty is the unknown form but the only true answer."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Chris. "Aboriginal Conditions: Research as a Foundation for Public Policy". From The American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 35. 2005.
- Bellfy, Phil. "Introduction: Aboriginal Peoples". American Review of Canadian Studies. 2001.
- Cassidy, Frank. "Aboriginal Governments in Canada: An Emerging Field of Study". From The Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 23, No.1. (Mar., 1990).
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