This work explores the emergence of the vocabulary of First Nations' self-government into the realm of public and parliamentary discourse in Canada during the decade of the 1970s. The emergence of the vocabulary is chronicled through a study of the testimony of First Nations and aboriginal witnesses before a series of Joint Committees on the Constitutions and the Commons Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
Introduction: Gaining a Purchase: An Introduction to the Public Emergence of the Vocabulary of First Nations’ Self-Government 1. The Interplay of Language, Policy & Ethics in the Discourse of First Nations’ Relations 2. Assimilation, Enfranchisement and the White Paper: An Overview of First Nations Relations Before 1970 3. Public Conversations on First Nations’ Self-Government 4. The Middle Period: A Minority Parliament and a First Patriation Bill 5. Notions of Sovereignty: Self-Help, Self-Confidence, And Individual And Collective Self-Fulfillment