Category Archives: Indigenous law

The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated

To hear non-Indigenous people tell it, we’ve been teetering on the edge of extinction since not too long after Contact. That narrative hasn’t changed much over the years, though the cause of our cultural and perhaps even physical demise has … Continue reading

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Categories: Aboriginal law, Culture, Decolonisation, First Nations, Fluency, Idle No More, Indigenous law, Inuit, Language learning, Métis, Residential schools

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Nationhood is a Verb

When settlers discuss the concept of Indigenous nationhood, the term ‘capacity’ often comes up, as in Indigenous peoples lack it. There might be some recognition that we governed ourselves before contact, though rarely is any respect or understanding shown of … Continue reading

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Categories: Culture, Decolonisation, First Nations, Indigenous law, Inuit, Law, Métis

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Hunters/gatherers to trappers/harvesters. Does it matter what they call us?

The Inuit make no bones about it. There’s is a hunting culture; but what does that mean? Most Inuit still eat a solid diet of country food, which is just like it sounds, traditional foods such as caribou, whale, seal, … Continue reading

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Categories: Aboriginal law, Cree vocabulary, Culture, Decolonisation, First Nations, Fluency, Idle No More, Indigenous law, Inuit, James Bay Cree

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