The name Canada is derived from the Iroquoian word kanata, which means village.
What is the meaning of reconciliation? In this short contribution to the conversations unfolding in Canada, as elsewhere, I will focus on just two ways the term is used in contemporary Aboriginal politics and relations in Canada.
Both uses of reconciliation are significant for Aboriginal aspirations for self-government. The Oxford English Dictionary defines reconciliation as follows: The action of restoring estranged people or parties to friendship; the result of this; the fact of being reconciled.
The action or an act of bringing a thing or things to agreement, concord, or harmony; the fact of being made consistent or compatible. In order for the TRC to genuinely move the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and non-Aboriginal Canadians down a more respectful, just path, its understanding of reconciliation must incorporate the form of reconciliation associated with the hostile politics of interpreting the meaning and content of s.
The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation. The TRC is an ambitious, important project and its idea of reconciliation as a kind of restorative project continues to shape contemporary Aboriginal politics.
But this big picture view of reconciliation does not incorporate the ongoing hostile legal and political dialogues over of the meaning and content of s. For an understanding the meaning and content of s.
The Court states that: The substantive rights that fall within the provision must be defined in light of this purpose; the Aboriginal rights recognized and affirmed by s.
The assertion of Crown sovereignty is tethered to the idea that the state rightfully embodies the highest form of political sovereignty in Canada. In addition to the superiority of state sovereignty, Canadian common law is rooted in the idea that moral individualism lies at the heart of a liberal democratic society.
The wording of s. The general idea was to dissolve any special form of legal and political recognition that Indians may possess and forcibly assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.
The political vision was firmly grounded in a liberal view of justice, one that emphasized the moral priority of the individual situated within a constitutional democracy under the presumed superiority of state sovereignty.
Indian leaders reacted harshly to this Liberal vision of a just Canadian society. Indians countered that the treaties and the treaty relationship between Indian nations and the Crown created moral obligations on the part of both signatories and the state had failed to live up to its side of the bargain.
The White and Red Papers reinvigorated Indian politics and brought the issue of Aboriginal rights into mainstream political debates about constitutional reform in Canada. The state, however, remained committed to a view of Canadian society founded on the discourse of the rights and freedoms of individuals and the unquestioned sanctity of nation state sovereignty.Aboriginal People of Canada Over the past decades, Aboriginal people (the original people or indigenous occupants of a particular country), have been oppressed by the Canadian society and continue to live under racism resulting in gender/ class oppression.
Since the Europeans landed on Canadian soil a few centuries ago, there has been conflict between the Aboriginal people of Canada and the Canadian political system.
Canadian Democracy: A Lack of Transparency and Accountability in Canadian Politics Words | 6 Pages power) and argue that in fact neither offers a fair representation of Canadian’s due to lack of both transparency and accountability. Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space Space has symbolic importance for Canadian culture, in part because of the vastness of Canadian geography coupled with its sparse population, and in part because a sense of distance in Canada has tended to create regional tensions based on the isolation of the larger pockets of the population.
aboriginal political traditions, as well as more specific case studies of the political systems of different aboriginal groups.
Political Science’s Portrayal of Indigenous Political Traditions Assessing the portrayal indigenous political traditions in Canadian political science is difficult. Undergraduate Political Science Courses. The second number in a Political Science course designates its area (see chart) and guides a concentration in Canadian Government or Global Studies.
Registration may be initially reserved for students who have declared a Political Science Honours, Major or Minor. Navigation.
Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts ChallengeThe website for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, which features Canada's largest essay writing competition for Aboriginal youth (ages ) and a companion program for those who prefer to work through painting, drawing and photography. See their guidelines, teacher resources, profiles of winners, and more. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. A comparative work centered on the political and legal status of aboriginal communities in Canada, contrasted with public law and policy on state-tribal relations in the United States and New Zealand.