Canada's political leaders tirelessly proclaim it the best country on earth in which to live, a land of plenty and of boundless opportunity for all. Canada's Aboriginal peoples view things differently: after decades of living in legislatively determined Third World conditions, many are demanding the tools with which to develop their communities and institutions on a sounder, saner basis.
In this award-winning book, human rights specialist Ren?e Dupuis takes a fresh look at the "wall of misunderstanding" that surrounds Aboriginal issues in Canada and proposes some new solutions. She recommends the overhaul of existing legislation, including the Indian Act; the creation of a political forum to facilitate discussion of objectives on a national level; the development of partnerships between educational institutions and Aboriginal leaders in order to serve communities better; the establishment of real Aboriginal governments with sound legal foundations.
Governments have traditionally dealt with Aboriginal issues by enshrining rights in the Charter and striking Royal Commissions. Ren?e Dupuis insists that new and urgent measures are needed now to bridge the profound chasm that has grown between Aboriginal people and the rest of the country. Justice for Canada's Aboriginal Peoples offers fresh ideas and approaches for building that bridge.
About the authors
RENÃ?E DUPUIS has practiced law in Quebec since 1973 and was a commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1995. She was recently appointed to the Indian Claims Commission. A specialist in human rights, the rights of Aboriginals and constitutional rights, she has served as a consultant to various federal and provincial government agencies, authored numerous books and articles and lectured extensively on human rights, administrative law and aboriginal rights. Justice for Canada\s Aboriginal Peoples was originally published as Quel Canada pour les Autochtones? It won the Governor General's Award in 2002.'
ROBERT CHODOS is an experienced author and translator who has published widely in the fields of Canadian business, politics, and transportation and of Quebec history. Among his most recent books are The Unmaking of Canada (1991), Lost in Cyberspace? (1997), and Paul Martin: A Political Biography (1998), all co-written with Rae Murphy and Eric Hamovitch, and all published by Lorimer.
- Winner, Governor General's Literary Award
Other titles by Robert Chodos
Rogue in Power
Why Stephen Harper is Remaking Canada by Stealth
A Political Biography
Quebec in a New World
The Story of a Canadian Social Revolution
New Thinking and New Approaches to the Quebec Nation
Navigating the Twentieth Century
Lost in Cyberspace?
Canada and the Information Revolution
Robert Bourassa and Quebecers 1990-1992