Our Land
Native Rights in Canada

Purich, Donald
Publisher:  Lorimer, Toronto
Year Published:  1986  
Pages:  256pp   ISBN:  978-0888629753
Dewey:  323.1/197/071
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX15943

Our Land explains how Canada's aboriginal peoples were brought to a state of deprevation, and what they propose to do about it. Author Donald Purich begins by painting a quick portrait of the vibrant pre-contact Indian and Inuit cultures. He relates the effects of European colonisation and of "Indian policy" from Confederation on, including the legacy of treaty-making. The heart of the book concerns current native rights issues: land claims, economic development, self-government and constitutional protection. A separate chapter is devoted to the special case of the Métis.