Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity

byPamela D. PalmaterForeword byBill Montour, Candice Paul

April 25, 2011|
Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity by Pamela D. Palmater
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The current Status criteria of the Indian Act contains descent-based rules akin to blood quantum that are particularly discriminatory against women and their descendants, which author Pamela Palmater argues will lead to the extinguishment of First Nations as legal and constitutional entities. Beginning with an historic overview of legislative enactments defining Indian status and their impact on First Nations, the author examines contemporary court rulings dealing with Indigenous identity, Aboriginal rights, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Palmater also examines band membership codes to determine if their reliance on status criteria perpetuates discrimination. She offers changes for determining Indigenous identity and citizenship and argues that First Nations must determine citizenship themselves.

Dr. Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has two children, Mitchell and Jeremy, and a large extended family. Currently, she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson Uni...
Title:Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity
Product dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.67 in
Shipping dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.67 in
Published:April 25, 2011
Publisher:Ubc Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781895830606

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