"Copyright 1989 Assembly of First Nations. Published by Summerhill Press Ltd. .. Toronto .. Distributed by University of Toronto Press". -- verso of t.-p.
"The front pages of the nation's newspapers have never been the same since June, 1987, when the Assembly of First Nations decided upon a confrontational course of direct action. All across the country, Indian bands have taken to blockading roads, setting up picket lines and occupying government-held properties in an attempt to publicize their disputes and to get governments to respond. In [this book] prominent native leaders and editor Boyce Richardson tell the history of the relations between eight Indian bands and the Canadian federal and provincial governments. These are histories of betrayal, double dealing, and racism, and finally, of the native peoples' rising anger and determination to claim what has been denied them, and to forge a new and powerful role in Canadian society". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction: Twenty Years of Disappointed Hopes / Georges Erasmus -- The Innu of Ungava: David Confronts Goliath: The Innu of Ungava versus the NATO Alliance / Daniel Ashini -- The Mi'kmaq: The Covenant Chain / Donald Marshall, Sr. Alexander Denny and Putus Simon Marshall -- Akwesasne: An Unbroken Assertion of Sovereignty / Michael Mitchell -- Algonquins North of the Ottawa: Our Long Battle to Create a Sustainable Future / Jean-Maurice Matchwan -- Algonquins South of the Ottawa: 200 Years of Broken Promises / Greg Sarazin -- Teme-Augama Anishnabai: Last-Ditch Defence of a Priceless Homeland / Gary Potts -- The Lubicon of Northern Alberta: Wrestling with the Canadian System: A Decade of Lubicon Frustration / Boyce Richardson -- Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en: Unflinching Resistance to an Implacable Invader / N.J. Sterritt -- Epilogue: The Solution We Favour for Change / Georges Erasmus.
Contents: Preface / Rene Dussauly, j.c.a [and] Georges Erasmus, Co-Chairs -- Introduction -- The Third Round of Hearings -- Healing -- Self-Determination -- Self-Sufficiency -- The Relationship -- The Schedule of Hearings: Round Three -- Afterword.
"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.