Doing Things the Right Way: Don Traditional Justice in LAC la Martre, N.W.T.

Doing Things the Right Way: Don Traditional Justice in LAC la Martre, N.W.T.

by Joan Ryan
     
 

Joan Ryan and her research team have carefully documented Dogrib traditional justice as it has been practised over the past century. Relying upon information received from the elders of Lac La Martre, Northwest Territories, they have unearthed a sophisticated body of Dogrib law, the understanding of which has important implications for contemporary ways in which

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Joan Ryan and her research team have carefully documented Dogrib traditional justice as it has been practised over the past century. Relying upon information received from the elders of Lac La Martre, Northwest Territories, they have unearthed a sophisticated body of Dogrib law, the understanding of which has important implications for contemporary ways in which the Dogrib people and the department of justice can deal with social control.

The material is organized and presented in a way that makes it accessible to both Dene and non-Dene readers alike. The methodology of the book is one of "participatory action research," in which the community itself owned and directed the research, training, and outcomes.

By exposing the very different values and legal systems of the Dene and non-Dene, this book sets the framework for the possibility of a Dene-controlled and culturally appropriate justice system. The book will be of value to those interested in native self-government, constitutional rights, and aboriginal law, as well as to all those involved with First Nations peoples.

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Ryan (anthropology, U. of Calgary) and her research team outline the practice of traditional justice among the Dogrib people of the Canadian northwest, based on information from the tribal elders. The immediate goal is to suggest how the tribe and the department of justice can work together to maintain social control, but the information might also interest social scientists. Canadian card order number: C95-910340-6. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781895176629
Publisher:
University of Calgary Press
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.46(h) x (d)

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