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?To Canada, [treaties] were a legal imperative, an obstacle to be overcome before settlement could proceed in earnest?To First Nations, the treaties were a means to secure their well-being in the face of an unsure future? (Daschuk 2013: 79).

Discuss this quote in relation to land rights, the politics of recognition, and Canadian sovereignty. Explain how Indigenous peoples are enfranchised into the Canadian nation and how immigrants and non-white settlers were, and still are, complicit in the process of Indigenous dispossession. Are refugees, migrants and undocumented workers settlers? Justify your response. How and why are treaties imperative (or not) to Canadian sovereignty and Indigenous sovereignty? Critically integrate readings into your response.


Egan, Brian. 2011. Recognition Politics and Reconciliation Fantasies: Liberal Multiculturalism and the “Indian Land Question”. In Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada. May Chazan et al. (Eds). Toronto: Between the Lines. Pp 123-141.
Blackburn, Carole. 2009. Differentiating Indigenous Citizenship: Seeking Multiplicity in Rights, Identity, and Sovereignty in Canada. American Ethnologist 36(1): 66-78.

McElhinny, Bonnie. 2019. Acknowledging. Language, Culture and Society 1(1): 132-140

Daschuk, James. 2013″Canada, The Northwest, and the Treaty Period, 1869-76″. In Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. Regina: University of Regina Press. Pp 79-98.