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Finding Dahshaa

Self-Government, Social Suffering, and Aboriginal Policy in Canada

by Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox

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publisher: UBC Press
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Just as dahshaa – a rare type of dried, rotted spruce wood – is essential to the moosehide-tanning process in Dene culture, self-determination and the alleviation of social suffering are necessary to Indigenous survival in Northwest Territories. But is self-government an effective path to self-determination? Finding Dahshaa shows where self-government negotiations between Canada and the Dehcho, Délînê, and Inuvialuit and Gwich’in peoples have gone wrong and offers, through descriptions of tanning practices that embody principles and values central to self-determination, an alternative model for negotiations. This book, which includes a foreword by Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, is the first ethnographic study of self-government negotiations in Canada.

About the Author

Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox

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Contributor Notes

Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox holds a doctorate in polar studies from Cambridge University and for the past decade has worked for Indigenous peoples on self-government and related political development processes in Canada's Northwest Territories. For more information, visit findingdashaa.ca.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Canadian Aboriginal History Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association
  • Short-listed, Donald Smiley Prize, Canadian Political Science Association

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Finding Dahshaa: Self-Government, Social Suffering, and Aboriginal Policy in Canada

Finding Dahshaa describes self-government negotiations as they unfolded between Canada and the Dehcho, Deline, and Inuvialuit and Gwich’in peoples. By contrasting the negotiation meetings with the descriptions of Dene moosehide-tanning, the author shows why Canada’s Aboriginal Policy has failed to alleviate the causes of social suffering in the North, and should itself change. Based on case studies of three self-government negotiations that took place in the NWT between 1998 and 2008, the author’s critical analysis focuses on the relationship between ongoing injustices experienced by indigenous peoples and self-government.

This title was shortlisted for several awards.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

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