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Beyond Rights examines the legal, political, and cultural implications of the ground-breaking process of negotiating the Nisga’a treaty.
Beyond Rights examines the legal, political, and cultural implications of the ground-breaking process of negotiating the Nisg_a’a treaty.
In 2000, the Nisg_a’a treaty marked the culmination of over one hundred years of Nisg_a’a people protesting, petitioning, litigating, and negotiating for recognition of their rights. Beyond Rights explores this ground-breaking achievement and its impact. The Nisg_a’a were trailblazers in gaining Supreme Court recognition of unextinguished Aboriginal title, and the treaty marked a turning point in the relationship between First Nations and provincial and federal governments. Using this treaty as a pivotal case study, Carole Blackburn analyzes treaty making as a way to address historical injustice and to achieve contemporary legal recognition, and explores the possibilities for a distinct Indigenous citizenship in a settler state.
Carole Blackburn is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the author of Harvest of Souls: Jesuit Missions and Colonialism in North America, 1632–1650. She has been researching the Nisg_a’a Final Agreement since 1999, conducting interviews and engaging in participant observation with treaty negotiators, politicians, bureaucrats, Nisg_a’a citizens, government workers, and lawyers for the province, the federal government, and the Nisg_a’a.
Beyond Rights rejects one-sided assessments of modern treaty agreements and provides a nuanced view of their generative potential as well as their inherent limits. It will undoubtedly become a major reference on this topic.- Martin Papillon, professor of political science, Université de Montréal
Tracing the Nisg_a’a’s journey to achieving a comprehensive modern treaty, Carole Blackburn reveals a contested landscape of treaty making and implementation in Canada, where government machineries remain profoundly unchanged by commitments to reconciliation.- Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, principal investigator, Modern Treaties Implementation Research Project, and author of Finding Dahshaa
Carole Blackburn provides a sophisticated analysis of the Nisg_a’a land claim and self-government agreement. This is an important and timely book.- Paul Nadasdy, professor of anthropology and American Indian and Indigenous studies, Cornell University