First Nations? Second Thoughts: Second Edition

First Nations? Second Thoughts: Second Edition

by Tom Flanagan

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Flanagan shows that this orthodoxy enriches a small elite of activists, politicians, administrators, and well-connected entrepreneurs, while bringing further misery to the very people it is supposed to help. Controversial and thought-provoking, First Nations? Second Thoughts dissects the prevailing ideology that determines public policy towards Canada's aboriginal peoples.

In this updated edition, Flanagan analyzes the developments of the last ten years, showing how a conflict of visions has led to a stalemate in aboriginal policy-making. He concludes that aboriginal success will be achieved not as the result of public policy changes in government but through the actions of the people themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773534445
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 09/12/2008
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Flanagan is professor of political science at the University of Calgary and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 The Aboriginal Orthodoxy 3

2 We Were Here First 11

3 What Ever Happened to Civilization? 27

4 The Fiction of Aboriginal Sovereignty 48

5 Bands, Tribes, or Nations? 67

6 The Inherent Problems of Aboriginal Self-Government 89

7 In Search of Property 113

8 Treaties, Agreements, and Land Surrenders 134

9 Making a Living 166

10 This Octagon Is a Stop Sign 192

11 Update 2008 199

Notes 235

References 261

Index 279

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