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Canada's Strategy of Dispossession: Aboriginal Land and Rights Cessions in Comprehensive Land Claims

Samson, C (2016) 'Canada's Strategy of Dispossession: Aboriginal Land and Rights Cessions in Comprehensive Land Claims.' Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 31 (1). 87 - 110. ISSN 0829-3201

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Abstract

This paper offers a sociological interpretation of the Canadian Comprehensive Land Claims (CLC) process, arguing that CLC is a strategy used by the state to dispossess Aboriginal peoples. CLC does this through leveraging the cession of Aboriginal rights and the relinquishing of indigenous lands. Drawing upon the ongoing Innu Nation Tshash Petapen (?New Dawn?) agreement, I examine four related aspects of the process and the agreement which operate to dispossess the Innu: (1) the undemocratic social and political contexts in which agreement is elicited, (2) the depletion of Aboriginal rights of the indigenous party, (3) the depletion of indigenous lands, and (4) the creation of wealth and debt. Finally, I will interpret these processes as building on social changes inflicted on the Innu. These are characterized by imposed law and the state of exception.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comprehensive land claims; dispossession; certainty; cession; Innu Nation; extinguishment; imposed law
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15956

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