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From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation
A Road Map for All Canadians
Greg Poelzer   Ken S. Coates  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 7/28/2015
ISBN: 9780774827539    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/21/2016
ISBN: 9780774827546    

366 Pages


About the Book

Canada is a country founded on relationships and agreements between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. Although recent court cases have upheld Aboriginal title rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." Each new court decision adds fuel to the debate raging between those who want to see an end to special Aboriginal rights and those who demand a return to Aboriginal sovereignty.

Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates breathe new life into these debates by looking at approaches that have failed and succeeded in the past and offering all Canadians -- from policy makers to concerned citizens -- realistic steps forward. Rather than getting bogged down in debates on Aboriginal rights, they highlight Aboriginal success stories and redirect the conversation to a place of common ground. Upholding equality of economic opportunity as a guiding principle, they argue that the road ahead is clear: if all Canadians take up their responsibilities as treaty peoples, Canada will become a leader among treaty nations.

About the Author(s)

Greg Poelzer has written extensively on Aboriginal and northern issues and is co-author (also with Ken Coates) of Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North, winner of the 2009 Donner Prize. He has worked as an adviser and negotiator for governments, First Nations organizations, and industry and is the founding director and executive chair of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan.

Ken S. Coates is the author and editor of over a dozen books on Aboriginal issues, including Best Left as Indians: Native-White Relations in the Yukon; The Marshall Decision and Native Rights; and A Global History of Indigenous Peoples. Raised in Whitehorse, he is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. He is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout Canada and appears regularly on radio and television programs.

Table of Contents

Preface: Towards Equality of Opportunity


Aboriginal Leaders and Scholars Point the Way
1 The Traditionalists
2 Treaty Federalism
3 Bridging the Solitudes

Non-Aboriginal Views on the Way Forward
4 Legal Rights, Moral Rights, and Well-Being
5 Political and Institutional Approaches

Coming at It from a Different Direction -- Aboriginal Success Stories
6 Culture and Education
7 Business and Entrepreneurship
8 Governance and Civic Engagement

Steps towards Social, Political, and Economic Equality
9 Global Lessons
10 Equality of Status
11 Citizenship and a Commonwealth of Aboriginal Peoples
12 Aboriginal Self-Government
13 Community-Based Economic Well-Being
14 Finding Common Economic Ground




References and Further Reading



"The most balanced and fair-minded treatment of Aboriginal issues in Canada that I have ever read."
-- Jonathan Kay, Walrus magazine editor-in-chief

"From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation tackles issues of vital importance to all Canadians. It is impressive in the breadth of the topics covered and the clarity of the discussion. It is a must-read for politicians, business leaders, Aboriginal citizens, academics, students, and average Canadians."
-- Tom Molloy, OC, SOM, QC, Canada's pre-eminent land claims negotiator

"Provocative, vigorous, and on every page interesting."
-- Frances Abele, expert on federal northern policy and professor of public policy at Carleton University

"Poelzer and Coates have written a book that is not only a history primer on Aboriginal-colonial relations but also a source document of leading-edge thinkers from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal circles. Perhaps most importantly, it offers options for all of us who yearn for improved relationships and long-term reconciliation with Aboriginal people."
-- Chuck Strahl, former minister of Indian and northern affairs

"This timely and thought-provoking book is a welcome addition to ongoing conversations about how best to achieve reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples and complete the unfinished work of federalism. Poelzer and Coates juxtapose (and often challenge) divergent and conflicting academic perspectives on Aboriginal and treaty rights, make a compelling case for pragmatism, and chart a course of action by citing numerous examples of Indigenous success stories and the need to understand and build on them."
-- Jody Wilson-Raybould, regional chief, BC Assembly of First Nations

"This book is a major contribution to one of the most difficult issues facing the country. The magnitude of the task undertaken by the authors is remarkable. Their goal is to redefine Canada. They view contemporary Canada as an incomplete country because a rapprochement with Aboriginal Canadians has eluded us. The vehicle for its achievement, they argue, is the diffusion of the understanding that we are all treaty peoples.This book provides us with a coherent sense of direction."
-- Alan Cairns, expert on constitutional and political issues and author of Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
Public Policy
Canadian Studies
Political Science

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