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By David T. McNab

The starting place of the occasions in the course of the summer time of 1990 in a little-known zone of Quebec lies deep in the historical past of Canada. Resistance to government’s dealing with of land claims isn't new, however the severe and violent type of the reaction at Oka heralded a brand new process by way of First international locations to the answer of Aboriginal land and treaty rights in Canada. Circles of Time files the stories of Aboriginal humans, their historical past and up to date negotiations in Ontario, and offers perception into the historiography of the treaty-making approach, relatively within the final quarter-century. arguable judgements resembling the Temagami case and Oka are designated, and McNab, who attracts on archival assets that aid oral heritage, offers a brand new point of view on land claims matters. Such compelling heritage details should be useful to somebody endeavoring to appreciate the foundation and the present controversies surrounding Aboriginal land and treaty rights, and should make clear the explanations for resistance. exceptionally, this e-book will remind us we mustn't ever overlook that this background belongs to Aboriginal humans. Turtle Island is their position, and their oral heritage can not be missed.

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The negotiations are unequal. It is a trite, but significant observation, that the "big winners" in the treaty-making process have been the provinces. 60 If anyone had any doubts, these were dispelled through the Constitutional process begun in 1982. The process, covering the years 1982 to 1987, floundered and failed to reach agreement on an amendment or statement which should have provided recognition of the inherent right of Aboriginal governance. The provinces stonewalled; they refused to support an amendment and it did not happen.

To make a treaty with someone who did not live on the land was a new way of dealing with land. To disregard the ways of the people who have lived on a particular land area for thousands of years imperils the integrity of any process which denies this reality. GARY POTTS FORMER CHIEF, TEME-AUGAMA ANISHNABAI Page vii Preface Circle of time When one dreams The present is dissolved Before the past Encompassing the future Time melts before the sun This work is a response to Oka, to the events of the summer of 1990, with their long and deep sources in the history of Canada and Ontario.

What is a land claim? It is a statement of the land rights of an Aboriginal Nation that contains reference to a specific geographical area. It is a claim based on whether the Aboriginal resource users of the land in question have ever decided to enter into a treaty for it under the rules set out in the Royal Proclamation of 1763. A claim is not a court action; it is not litigation. It is two policiesone for comprehensive claims and the other for specific onesand a program of the federal government administered by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.

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