Indigenous peoples of North America responded to the presence of foreigners on their lands by drawing on value systems, legal traditions and diplomatic protocols which were sharply at odds with those of the West. These were vividly expressed in their unique approaches to the nature and significance of treaty-making. This course focuses on a variety of indigenous perspectives on treaty making, as presented by indigenous legal scholars and elders. It also explores some of the central historical and contemporary treaties developed between First Nations and the state of Canada.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.