Beyond Blood : Rethinking Indigenous Identity

Beyond Blood : Rethinking Indigenous Identity
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

Palmater, Pamela D.
Montour, Bill. , Paul, Candice., Paul, Lawrence., Day, Isadore.
"Author Pamela Palmater argues that the Indian Act’s registration provisions will lead to the extinguishment of First Nations as legal and constitutional entities. The current status criteria contain descent-based rules akin to blood quantum that are particularly discriminatory against women and their descendants.

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 Aboriginal rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in relation to Indigenous identity. She also examines various band membership codes to determine how they affect Indigenous identity, and how their reliance on status criteria perpetuates discrimination. She offers suggestions for a better way of determining Indigenous identity and citizenship and argues that First Nations themselves must determine their citizenship based on ties to the community, not blood or status."

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9781895830606; 1895830605
Introduction: a Mi'kmaq woman -- 1. Legislated identity: control, division, and assimilation -- 2. The right to determine citizenship -- 3. The right to belong: charter equality for Indigenous peoples -- 4. Band membership vs. self government citizenship -- Conclusion: beyond blood -- Appendix: comparing the status of my grandmother's line to my family's line had she been a grandfather.
Includes index.
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.--Dalhousie) under the title: Beyond blood : rethinking aboriginal identity and belonging.


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