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And Canada's persistent search for accommodative solutions sets a standard for the world. Yet solutions are elusive. The authors in this collection seek principles through inquiry about legitimacy and rights and devise options for structural and institutional arrangements. Regardless of whether incremental or radical reform is best, we hope this book's analysis of the North American experience will strengthen the discourse about Aboriginal rights and self-government. PART ONE Overview This page intentionally left blank 2 A Just Relationship between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Peoples of Canada JAMES TULLY INTRODUCTION The Colorado conference was a unique opportunity for scholars from Mexico, the United States, and Canada to meet and discuss the struggles of Aboriginal or indigenous peoples of North America for selfgovernment.
His chapter also contrasts nicely with Franks's, as pointed out above, and parallels Turner's in examining indigenous discourse on autonomy. Franks, in the concluding chapter, turns to the comparison of Canada and the United States, first framing a model for policy and then tracing the development of Indian policy in the two countries according to the model. We get some surprises. Canada and the United States have much in common, of course, reflecting their common colonial experience. But they also have differentiating core values that appear in their assessments of the community and the individual.
There are several hundred Aboriginal peoples or nations on the northern half of North America whose histories and cultures over the last ten thousand years are diverse. The length of time and the manner in which they have had to interact with Canadians are also various. The visions of different Aboriginal peoples of a just relationship with Canadians are also diverse and in a continuous process of reinterpretation. My sketch of two major types of relationship and of arguments for one of them is not comprehensive or definitive.