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Our Land

Native Rights in Canada

by Donald Purich

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discrimination & race relations
list price: $18.00
also available: Hardcover Paperback
category: Social Science
published: 2011
imprint: Lorimer

Statistics speak all too eloquently of the plight of Canada's native people: unemployment runs as high as 90 per cent on some reserves; the school completion rate is less than 1/4 the national average; suicide rates are six times the national average. Canada has its own Third World of some 1 million people.
Our Land explains how Canada's aboriginal peoples were brought to this state of deprevation, and what they propose to do about it. Author Donald Purich begins by painting a quick, compelling portrait of the vibrant pre-contact Indian and Inuit cultures. He relates the effects of European colonisation and of "Indian policy" from Confederation on, including the legacy of treaty-making. The heart of the book concerns current native rights issues: land claims, economic development, self-government and constitutional protection. A separate chapter is devoted to the special case of the M├ętis.

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Donald Purich

DONALD PURICH is a former director of the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.
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