Speaking with Authority: The Emergence of the Vocabulary of First Nations' Self-Government, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Speaking with Authority

The Emergence of the Vocabulary of First Nations' Self-Government, 1st Edition

By Michael W. Posluns


338 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Michael W. Posluns received his PhD from York University, in Toronto. He was the founding director of the parliamentary relations programme of the National Indian Brotherhood/Assembly of First Nations from 1976 to 1982.

About the Series

Indigenous Peoples and Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General