On Being Here to Stay

On Being Here to Stay

Number of page: 217
Author: Michael Asch
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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Category: Law

What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory
Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived
The question lurks behind every court judgment on Indigenous rights, every demand that treaty obligations be fulfilled, and every land-claims negotiation.Addressing these questions has occupied anthropologist Michael Asch for nearly thirty years. InOn Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.Asch proposes a way forward based on respecting the “spirit and intent” of treaties negotiated at the time of Confederation, through which, he argues, First Nations and settlers can establish an ethical way for both communities to be here to stay.