Miinigowiziwin: all that has been given for living well together: one vision of Anishinaabe constitutionalism

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dc.contributor.author Mills, Aaron James (Waabishki Ma’iingan)
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-22T22:34:02Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-22T22:34:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-07-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/10985
dc.description.abstract Ending colonialism requires the revitalization of not only indigenous systems of law, but also the indigenous legalities of which they form part. This means that Canada’s unique form of liberal constitutionalism cannot serve as the constitutional framework within which indigenous law is revitalized. Rather, we shall have to advert to the fact that indigenous law was and is generated by unique indigenous legal processes and institutions, which find their authorization in unique indigenous constitutional orders, which are in turn legitimated by indigenous peoples’ unique and varied creation stories. Through the gifts of diverse Anishinaabe writers and orators, and through work with my circle of elders, with aadizookaanan, in community, and on the land, I present one view of Anishinaabe legality. I give special emphasis to its earth-centric ‘rooted’ form of constitutionalism, which is characterized by mutual aid and its correlate structure, kinship. In the second half, I examine the problem of colonial violence in contemporary indigenous-settler relationships. I identify two principles necessary for indigenous-settler reconciliation and I consider how commonly proposed models of indigenous-settler relationship fare against them. I conclude that one vision of treaty, treaty mutualism—which is a form of rooted constitutionalism—is non-violent to indigenous peoples, settler peoples and to the earth. Finally, I consider counter-arguments on themes of fundamentalism, power, and misreading. 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 Constitutionalism en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Law en_US
dc.subject Legal Theory en_US
dc.subject Political Theory en_US
dc.subject Reconciliation en_US
dc.subject Resurgence en_US
dc.subject Mutual Aid en_US
dc.subject Aadizookaanan en_US
dc.subject Comparative Legality en_US
dc.subject Anishinaabe Elders en_US
dc.subject Anishinaabe en_US
dc.subject Inaakonigewin en_US
dc.subject Treaty en_US
dc.subject Colonialism en_US
dc.subject Gift Societies en_US
dc.subject Earth Constitutionalism en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Legal Traditions en_US
dc.subject Anishinaabe Law en_US
dc.subject Anishinaabe Worldview en_US
dc.subject Miinigowiziwin en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Legal Theory en_US
dc.subject Legal Pluralism en_US
dc.subject Canadian Liberalism en_US
dc.subject Comparative Law en_US
dc.subject Legal Anthropology en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Studies en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Community-based Research en_US
dc.subject Decolonization en_US
dc.subject Canadian Colonialism en_US
dc.title Miinigowiziwin: all that has been given for living well together: one vision of Anishinaabe constitutionalism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Borrows, John
dc.contributor.supervisor Tully, James
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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