Two Families: Treaties and Government by Harold JohnsonTwo Families: Treaties and Government by Harold Johnson

Two Families: Treaties and Government

byHarold Johnson

Paperback | February 1, 2007

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Writing in response to a student asking him what the treaties mean, Harold Johnson's narrative on the relationship between First Nations, governments, and society in general presents a different view of the treaty relationship. Treaties were the instruments that gave Europeans the right to settle here, share resources, and build a relationship of equality with those who were here before. Johnson's ancestors did not intend the treaties to allow the subjugation and impoverishment of First Nations, or give settler governments the right to legislate every aspect of First Nations activities.

In an easy to read style, the author presents his eloquent view, on behalf of a people, on what treaties between First Nations and governments represent. Topics discussed include the justice system, reconciliation of laws, political divisions, resources, taxation, assimilation, leadership, sovereignty, the Constitution, youth, and relations between next generations. Two Families is a passionate plea for the restoration of harmony and equality between First Nations and the rest of Canadian society. It is a must read for everyone seeking to understand an Aboriginal perspective on treaties.

"Kiciwamanawak, my cousin: that is what my Elders said to call you. You have a treaty right to occupy and use this territory. You received that right when my family adopted yours."

Harold Johnson practices law in La Ronge, northern Saskatchewan, and balances this with operating his family's traditional trap line using a dog team. He has served in the Canadian Navy, and worked in mining and logging before returning to school. He holds a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a master's degree in law fr...
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Title:Two Families: Treaties and GovernmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:189583029X

ISBN - 13:9781895830293

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Maps

1. My Family

2. Your Family

3. The Adoption of Your Family by My Family

4. Your Family's Justice System

5. Reconciliation of Laws

6. Political Divisions

7. Resources

8. Taxation

9. Assimilation

10. Leadership

11. Sovereignty

12. Your Constitution

13. Youth

14. Next Generation

Appendix A: Treaty No. 6

Appendix B: Adhesion by Cree Indians

Notes

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First Nations Elders interpreted treaties as instruments that gave Europeans the right to settle here, share resources, and build a relationship of equality with those who were here before. These elders did not intend the treaties to allow the subjugation and impoverishment of First Nations, or give settler governments the right to legislate every aspect of First Nations activities. In an easy to read narrative, Harold Johnson presents an eloquent view, on behalf of a people, of what treaties represent, including the justice system and reconciliation of laws, resources and taxation, assimilation, leadership and sovereignty, Constitutional rights, youth, and relations between next generations.As Chief of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, I endorse the writing of Harold Johnson. His use of the inclusive Kiciwamanawak in the discussion formally introduces him as the speaker for all of us to all of you... - Chief Lionel Bird