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Law Indigenous Peoples

Canadian Law and Indigenous Self‐Determination

A Naturalist Analysis

by (author) Gordon Christie

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
Indigenous Peoples, Political, Native American Studies
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442637511
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $119.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442628991
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $54.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442625518
    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
    List Price
    $54.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442625501
    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
    List Price
    $54.00

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For centuries, Canadian sovereignty has existed uneasily alongside forms of Indigenous legal and political authority. Canadian Law and Indigenous Self-Determination demonstrates how, over the last few decades, Canadian law has attempted to remove Indigenous sovereignty from the Canadian legal and social landscape. Adopting a naturalist analysis, Gordon Christie responds to questions about how to theorize this legal phenomenon, and how the study of law should accommodate the presence of diverse perspectives. Exploring the socially-constructed nature of Canadian law, Christie reveals how legal meaning, understood to be the outcome of a specific society, is being reworked to devalue the capacities of Indigenous societies.

 

Addressing liberal positivism and critical postcolonial theory, Canadian Law and Indigenous Self-Determination considers the way in which Canadian jurists, working within a world circumscribed by liberal thought, have deployed the law in such a way as to attempt to remove Indigenous meaning-generating capacity.

About the author

Gordon Christie is Professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.

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