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- DescriptionThe social suffering and self-determination of Indigeus peoples are important public policy issues in Canada today. This book asks a fundamental question regarding Canadian-Aboriginal relations: Are self-government agreements an effective path to self-determination? Finding Dahshaa describes self-government negotiations between Canada and the Dehcho, Deline, and Inuvialuit and Gwich'in peoples in the Northwest Territories. It contrasts boardroom negotiating sessions with moosehide-tanning camps and community meetings in small rthern communities to show that Canada's Aboriginal policy has failed because injustice and social suffering have become part of the process itself. Moosehide-tanning practices, which embody values central to Dene self-determination, offer an alternative model for negotiations. Through parallel narratives, the author shows how attaining self-determination is akin to finding dahshaa, a rare type of dried, rotted spruce wood essential for achieving success in this core cultural process. An informed and passionate account, with a foreword by Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, Finding Dahshaa is the first ethgraphic study of self-government negotiations in Canada.
- Author BiographyStephanie Irlbacher-Fox holds a doctorate in polar studies from Cambridge University and for the past decade has worked for Indigenous peoples on self-government and related political development processes in Canada's Northwest Territories. For more information, visit findingdashaa.ca.
- PrizesShortlisted for Canadian Political Science Association Donald Smiley Prize 2010.
- Author(s)Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2010
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Content Note24 b&w photos, 2 maps
- Weight318 g
- Width4039 mm
- Height5969 mm
- Spine15 mm
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