Issued also in French under the title: Par-dela les divisions culturelles: un rapport sur les autochtones et la justice penale au Canada.
Cat. no. Z1-1991/41-8F.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Preface signed by Co-chairs Rene Dussault and Georges Erasmus -- Introduction -- Aboriginal Concepts of Law and Justice: The Historical Realities -- Current Realities -- Current Aboriginal Justice Initiatives -- Creating Conceptual and Constitutional Space for Aboriginal Justice Systems -- Reforming the Existing Justice System -- Summary of Major Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations.
"The purpose of the discussion paper is to summarize what the Commission has heard to date and to present examples of fundamental and specific questions that the Commission would like to have addressed" -- p. 2.
"A fuller summary of what was said appears in `An Overview of the First Round of Hearing of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples" -- p. 2.
1. Affirm, in the spirit of the resolution made at General Synod in 1969, that the Indian Act should not be changed or abolished by the Federal Government without the expressed consent of Indigenous peoples; that the Federal Government should not impose a process on Indigenous peoples related to such changes; that any consultation and negotiation process related to such changes must be designed in full partnership with First Nations involving the duly chosen and recognized leadership and all members of those communities; and that First Nations must each retain the right to opt out of such changes.
2. Call on Dioceses to take steps to inform their membership of the proposed First Nations Governance Act and related initiatives of the Federal Government, to organize diocesan Sacred Circle dialogues with local Aboriginal peoples, churches, and local Members of Parliament regarding these issues; and to speak out against assimilative initiatives of the Federal Government, both publicly and to their Members of Parliament.
3. Request that the Primate communicate these positions to the dioceses, to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of the Department of Indian Affairs, and to local, regional, and national Aboriginal leadership. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 54
"[E]ditors John Bird, Lorraine Land and Murray MacAdam."
28 essays on a variety of subjects by 32 contributors.
Contents: Reconciliation / Rebecca Tababodong -- Introduction / John Bird -- Canadian History : An Aboriginal Perspective / Georges Erasmus and Joe Sanders -- The Basic Dilemma : Sovereignty or Assimilation / Tim Schouls -- Rooted in Creation / Stan McKay -- Reclaiming Stolen Land / Olive P. Dickason -- Treaty-Making with the Crown / Sharon Venne -- Land Claims : Stuck in Never-never land / Lorraine Land and Roger Townshend -- Self-Government in the New Millennium / Michael Aesch -- Liberating Canada from the Settler Mythology / Andrew Chapeskie -- Recognizing Traditional Environmental Knowledge / Joanne Barnaby -- Rebuilding Community after Residential Schools / Maggie Hodgson -- Honouring Alternatives in the Criminal Justice System / Irene Fraser -- Restoring Women's Values / Bernice Hammersmith -- Gathering Dust or Gathering Strength : What Should Canada Do with the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples ? / Lorraine Land -- Kicking Out the Indian Agent / Burton Jacobs -- From Cedar Lake to Easterville : Mourning for What My People Lost / Elsie Fiddler -- Nitiassinan : Caribou and F-16s / Napes Ashini -- The Lubicon Cree : Still No Settlement After All These Years / Bernard Ominayak and Ed Bianchi -- The Fall of Dimlahamid : The Gitxsan Wet'su'weten and the Fallout of the Delgamuukw Decision / Terry Glavin -- Nisga'a Patience : Negotiating Our Way into Canada / Rod Robinson -- From Non-Citizen to Nunavut / John Amagoalik -- Not in My Time : Native Issues as a Point of Entry / Murray Angus -- Friends of the Lubicon : How a Small Group of People Can Change the World / Kevin Thomas -- Gunboat Diplomacy in Canada / William Payne -- Romancing the "Other" in Aboriginal Support Work / Jennifer Baron -- Outrages Too Many : Teaching Aboriginal Studies / Ann Pohl -- Once More with Honesty : Christian-Aboriginal Solidarity / Murray MacAdam -- "Are You Willing to Listen ?" / Rene Fumoleau -- The Healing Journey : the Bridge between Cultures / Shirley Harding -- Note on the Editors -- Note on the Public Justice Resource Centre and Citizens for Public Justice.
Contents: Preface / Diane Engelstand -- Introduction / John Bird -- Canadian History : An Aboriginal Perspective / Georges Erasmus and Joe Sanders -- The Basic Dilemma : Sovereignty or Assimilation / Tim Schouls, John Olthuis and Diane Engelstad -- Calling Creation into our Family / Stan McKay -- The Land is the Boss : How Stewardship can Bring Us Together / Gary Potts -- Culture and Sovereignty / Joanne Barnaby -- Political Self-sufficiency / Michael Asch -- Aboriginal Women and Self-government / Bernice Hammersmith -- Specific Claims Policy : Too Little Too Late / Roger Townshend -- Comprehensive Claims : One Step Forward, Two Steps Back / Murray Angus -- Resorting to Court : Can the Judiciary Deliver Justice for First Nations ? / Patrick Macklem -- Self-Determination and the Criminal Justice System / Len Sawatsky -- Rebuilding Community after the Residential School Experience / Maggie Hodgson -- The Indian Agent System and Our Move to Self-Government / Burton Jacobs -- Nitassinan : Caribou and F-16s / Napes Ashini -- Nitassinan : Nation to Nation / Peter Penashue -- Regaining Control at Fort Good Hope / Fort Good Hope Community Council -- Ingenika Point : No More Riverboats / Waldemar Braul -- -- From Cedar Lake to Easterville : Mourning for What My People Lost / Elsie Fiddler -- Kanesatake : The Summer of 1990 / Ellen Gabriel -- Fighting Back / Loran Thompson -- Walpole Island : Sustainable Development / Dean Jacobs -- Walpole Island in 2005 : A View from the Future / Nin.da.waab.jig, Walpole Island Heritage Centre -- Growing Together from the Earth / Gary Potts -- Thoughts and Reflections / Ethel Fuhr -- Stewardship and Solidarity / John Olthuis -- "Are You Willing to Listen ?" / Rene Fumoleau -- Bibles and Blockades / Lorraine Land -- Oka : 1990 and Beyond / Lois Cape -- Native Issues as a Point of Entry / Murray Angus -- Afterword : The Path Ahead / Tim Schouls.