Dan, Russell. A People's Dream: Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada. New York: Blackwell Pub., 2007. Print.
Russell examines some of the hardships that the Aboriginal people have to go through when proposing self-government. The author believes that the self-government of the Aboriginals is narrow and that the national government would not be willing to negotiate issues such as land. Given the political power is significant in most global nations; the author believes that the national government will propose a self-government jurisdiction where aboriginals will not enjoy any political power in the country. The key question the author addresses in his book is that: Does the self-government by the Aboriginals propose collective or individual rights of the Aboriginal people? This is crucial to the author because sub sects of the Aboriginal people such as Métis enjoy their own freedom through their signed treaties.
Henderson, Jennifer. Reconciling Canada: critical perspectives on the culture of redress. Buffalo, NY: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Print.
Henderson points out that section 35 of the Canadian constitution gives Aboriginal nations to have self-government. This means that the Aboriginals have a lawful right to forming their self-governments despite being strongly opposed by the national government. The inference in this book is that the Aboriginal nations have a right to be sovereign. In addition, the article revisits the history of the Aboriginal people by recording how some tribes from Aboriginal community were stoned to death by some Canadian citizens. This form of hatred towards indigenous people put Canadian government under spotlight. Through this, the Aboriginal people were given human rights in Canada and also the UN human rights asserted that the Aboriginals and non-aboriginals should form relationship ties to create peace. The key question that the author is addressing is the problems that have been faced by the Human Rights Organization as they try to mend relationship between the indigenous cultures and the non-indigenous. The author questions some of the strategies that should be used to maintain peace between these conflicting communities.
Miller, R. J. (2010). Discovering indigenous lands: the doctrine of discovery in the English colonies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The doctrine of discovery that was outlined by the European colonists had a lot of negative consequences of the indigenous people. For example, the Aboriginal people in Canada lost their native lands that were sacred to them to the Europeans colonists. The key concept that we need to understand from this book is that the Aboriginal people have rights and that they have the power to form self-government that is sovereign. This is also outlined in the Canadian constitution. Thus, this concept means that the Aboriginal people are independent and have the right to form self-government that is functional and matches their needs.
Paquet, Gilles,“Tectonic Changes in Canadian Governance” in Leslie A. Pal, ed., How Ottawa Spends, 1999/2000: Shape Shifting – Canadian Governance Toward the 21st Century (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2000) 75.
Paquent indicates that a decentralized form of governance is good for Canadians in that power is distributed among various ethnicities in the country. This form of governance would be effective in Canada because it is culturally diverse. Thus, hierarchical governance would work best in nations that have a homogenous culture and way of life. The inference in this article is that the Aboriginals should for self-government because it is more effective than a hierarchical government that hardly represents all ethnicities in the nation. This means that hierarchical governance undermines people’s beliefs because Canada has multiple ethnicities that have been marginalized in the society such as the Aboriginals. The author believes that Canada should embrace a system of governance that has more flexibility and embraces people’s culture. The key concept discussed in this article is that Aboriginal’s self-government would be a good impact to Canada because their system of governance focuses on the people and their social problems. This means that all ethnic minorities will have a legitimate political structure that gives them a voice.
The main purpose of this article is examining the changes with Canada’s governance as a result of cultural diversity in the country. Though the government aims at forming a homogenous political autonomy that protects rights of all individuals in the country irrespective of their race, the system of governance has proved to be complex because there is less social cohesion in the country. It is natural that people of a certain ethnicity tend to gravitate to people if their kind as a way of preserving their cultural beliefs and traditions. The key question that the author is addressing is whether a centralized or a decentralized form of government should be significant in Canada.
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"Self-Government." Government of Canada; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; Communications Branch. N.p., 30 Nov. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.
The main purpose of this website is it outlines some of the treaties that have been made or are currently in progress between the Aboriginals and the government. Given that the Aboriginals self-government mean that they want an official recognition of their political parties and movements, these requests will take longer because the government has to carefully make decisions that will not undermine other people’s well-being in the nation-state. The key question that the website status of indigenous people’s governance in Canada and ways to fund their projects and movements. This means that the website examines how self-government by the Aboriginals will be sustained and successful in achieving their goals.
The most important information in this article is the self-determination that has been embraced among indigenous cultures in Canada. The website also examines different Canadian states that have the most Aboriginal people and the least state occupied by the indigenous cultures. The aboriginal people have set offices across the nation to petition their right to have a self-government that is sovereign. The inference in this article is that the Aboriginal want a self-government that will cater to their socio-economical and political needs. Given that the indigenous cultures are often marginalized int eh society, the aboriginals want a self-government that will ensure a good economy for the people that will raise their standards of living. For example, some Aboriginal tribes have focused on maintaining their unique cultural background because it attracts tourism, which is improves their economy. Thus, the Aboriginals believe that their self-government will benefit most of the people and also will ensure that their culture does not fade away as a result of globalization.
Stephens, B. (1999). Aboriginal title and the doctrine of discovery. S.l.: Sage Publications.
Given that the doctrine of discovery by the colonists endangered the cultural identity of most indigenous people, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples believes that the aboriginal people should have self-determination in order to be sovereign. The aboriginal people of Canada have been marginalized in the society such that the United Nations Human Rights Council are watching the Canadian government and their acts towards the aboriginal people.
Timothy, Schouls . Shifting boundaries: aboriginal identity, pluralist theory, and the politics of self-government. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2003. Print.
This source is important to my paper because it examines how Canada is a multi ethnic country and that Aboriginals self-government idea may instigate other ethnicities to do the same. This is because the aboriginal self-governments prescribe their self-interests. The book looks at how the aboriginal government and the national government may collide in terms of power structure in the country. The author also focuses on pluralist theory to explain how ethnic identity influences their political autonomy. This is because ethnic identity is modeled by one’s traditional and cultural beliefs. As a result, indigenous cultures such as the Aboriginal people fight for their political rights because they do not share their beliefs with other ethnicities. The author pose the question: how does identity politics benefit individuals of a given ethnic minority such as the Aboriginals? Unlike other indigenous groups that request an inclusion to the state government, the Aboriginal people demand for their own self-government that will focus on the ethnic needs such as redeeming their lost land, improving their living standards, and improving health care services to their people among other things.