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Wise Practices

Exploring Indigenous Economic Justice and Self-Determination

edited by Robert Hamilton; John Borrows; Brent Mainprize; Ryan Beaton & Joshua Ben David Nichols

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list price: $39.95
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category: Law
published: 2021

Indigenous peoples in Canada are striving for greater economic prosperity and political self-determination. Investigating specific legal, economic, and political practices, and including research from interviews with Indigenous political and business leaders, this collection seeks to provide insights grounded in lived experience. Covering such critical topics as economic justice and self-determination, and the barriers faced in pursuing each, Wise Practices sets out to understand the issues not in terms of sweeping empirical findings but rather the particular experiences of individuals and communities. The choice to focus on specific practices of law and governance is a conscious rejection of idealized theorizing about law and governance and represents an important step in the existing scholarship.


The volume offers readers a broad scope of perspectives, incorporating contemporary thought on Indigenous law and legal orders, the impact of state law on Indigenous peoples, theories and practices of economic development, and grounded practices of governances. While the authors address a range of topics, each does so in a way that sheds light on how Indigenous practices of law and governance support the social and economic development of Indigenous peoples.

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About the Authors

Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary.
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John Borrows

John Borrows is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School.
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Brent Mainprize

Brent Mainprize is a professor in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.
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Ryan Beaton

Ryan Beaton is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.
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Joshua Ben David Nichols

Joshua Ben David Nichols is currently studying law at the University of British Columbia and has previously been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. He specializes in modern continental philosophy, especially Hegel, the Frankfurt School, and contemporary French thought. His primary area of research is political and legal philosophy with an emphasis on questions of violence and sovereignty.

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