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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Pamela D. Palmater

Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer from the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is head of Ryerson University’s new Centre for Indigenous Governance.

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Pamela D. Palmater

Promised Land

An aboriginal activist makes a case for full recognition of aboriginal title October 2015
“And whereas great Frauds and Abuses have been committed in purchasing Lands of the Indians, to the great Prejudice of our Interests, and to the great Dissatisfaction of the said Indians … no private Person do presume to make any purchase from the said Indians of any Lands reserved to the said Indians … but that if at any Time any of the Said Indians should be inclined to dispose of the said…

Courting Controversy

An Alberta judge recalls his battles with First Nations, his legal colleagues and the media. July–August 2011
If you were expecting to read an academic text analyzing justice issues faced by aboriginal peoples in Canada, or a legal text that explained the complex reasons why aboriginal people are overrepresented in the justice system, you would be as disappointed as I was after reading John Reilly’s Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community

Opportunity or Temptation?

Plans for private property on reserves could cost First Nations their independence April 2010
“Call it assimilation, call it integration, call it adaptation, call it whatever you want: it has to happen.” These words come straight from the pages of Tom Flanagan’s 2000 work First Nations? Second Thoughts and sum up his conviction that since First Nations in Canada are uncivilized and their governments produce “wasteful, destructive, familistic factionalism,” they should not be entitled to self-governing…