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Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty

An Anishnabe Understanding of Treaty One

by (author) Aimée Craft

foreword by John Borrows

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
Category
Civil Law, Social Policy, Indigenous Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781895830644
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $29.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781895830668
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $27.00

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In order to interpret and implement a treaty between the Crown and Canada’s First Nations, we must look to its spirit and intent, and consider what was contemplated by the parties at the time the treaty was negotiated, argues Aimée Craft. Using a detailed analysis of Treaty One – today covering what is southern Manitoba – she illustrates how negotiations were defined by Anishinabe laws (inaakonigewin), which included the relationship to the land, the attendance of all jurisdictions’ participants, and the rooting of the treaty relationship in kinship. While the focus of this book is on Treaty One, Anishinabe laws (inaakonigewin) defined the settler-Anishinabe relationship well before this, and the principles of interpretation apply equally to all treaties with First Nations.

About the authors

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous (Anishinaabe-Métis) lawyer (called to the Bar in 2005) from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa. Craft is the former Director of Research at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the founding Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Her book, Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishnabe Understanding of Treaty One (2013) won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.

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John Borrows is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and is the winner of both the Canadian Political Science Association’s Donald Smiley Prize (for Recovering Canada) and the Canadian Law and Society Association Book Prize (for Canada’s Indigenous Constitution)..

John Borrows' profile page

Awards

  • Winner, Margaret McWilliams Scholarly Book Award, Manitoba Historical Society
  • Winner, Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, Manitoba Book Awards

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