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Finding law about life: a cross-cultural study of indigenous legal principles in Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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dc.contributor.author Daniel, Meaghan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-14T15:06:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-05-14
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9354
dc.description.abstract This is a cross-cultural study of Indigenous legal traditions in Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), a political territorial organization in northern Ontario. By analyzing NAN’s resolutions (passed by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly to direct NAN’s mandate), I identify legal principles. As law arises from worldviews, law’s function is to protect the values of that worldview. This study discusses two values (creation and interdependence) as analytic tools, used to recognise legal principles. Context grounds the conclusions, as they relate to specific people and land. Four legal principles are identified: earthbound need, sacred/natural supremacy, gifted responsibility and relational jurisdiction. These principles together reveal that law in NAN is focused on the protection of life. Overarching the results is a broader purpose, to take up the educative work previously shouldered by NAN alone. The duty to learn is more than political obligation, but as I argue, is a matter of life itself. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject legal principles en_US
dc.title Finding law about life: a cross-cultural study of indigenous legal principles in Nishnawbe Aski Nation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Borrows, John
dc.contributor.supervisor Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Laws LL.M en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2019-05-11


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