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Beyond the “Indian Problem”: Aboriginal Peoples and the Transformation of Canada

David R. Newhouse and Yale D. Belanger

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195335354.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Beyond the “Indian Problem”: Aboriginal Peoples and the Transformation of Canada

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This article discusses Aboriginal politics through the “Indian problem” and the “Canadian problem.” It emphasizes the significant events that happened in 1969 to 1995 which fostered Canada's gradual policy shift from a country promoting Indian assimilation to one embracing Aboriginal self-government. This period saw the emergence of Aboriginal governance as a central objective of Aboriginal leaders, who sought to reestablish nation-to-nation relationships between Canada and First Nations peoples and to acquire legitimacy as governments within the Canadian federation within their own right.

Keywords: Aboriginal politics; 1969 to 1995; Aboriginal self-government; Aboriginal governance; First Nations peoples

Article.  8418 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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