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

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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.

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895176629
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 152

Meet the Author

Joan Ryan

The late Joan Ryan was professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Calgary, as well as a senior researcher with the Arctic Institute of North America.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Map of the Northwest Territories
Dogrib Overview
Overview
Elders Interviewed
Introduction 1
"Doing Things the Right Way: The Way You Were Taught" 23
Family Rules: Rules for Living Together 37
Living Politically According to the Dene Ways 51
Using the Past to Build a Better Future 65
Taking Back Control: Three Case Examples 73
Conflicts between Dogrib and Non-Dene Justice Systems 89
Conclusions and Recommendations 99
Reflections on Selected Literature 111
Bibliography 133
Index 147
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