Respecting sovereignties: Indigenous/state agreements in British Columbia and their alignment with a dual sovereignty concept

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dc.contributor.author Sieffert, Bruce
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-23T05:03:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-23T05:03:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-12-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12483
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores a conception of dual sovereignty, consisting of Indigenous and state sovereignties existing and operating within the same territorial space. A dual sovereignty construct, standing in distinct contrast with the common settler-held presumption of Canadian state sovereignty and hegemony, provides a superior frame for articulating just relations between Indigenous peoples, the Canadian state, and that state’s citizens. The thesis examines the role of agreement-making in defining relations between sovereign Indigenous peoples and the state, both in treaty and non-treaty form. Focused on non-treaty agreements that pertain to land and resources in the province of British Columbia, a case study approach reveals a congruence of several such agreements with elements of a dual sovereignty construct. Some of the agreements exhibit substantial compatibility with a dual sovereignty concept, with dialogical forms of recognition and a well-articulated Indigenous land-use vision and worldview built into the agreement-making process. Those agreements centered on land-use planning seem particularly well equipped to embrace a more dialogical process that creates space for an Indigenous vision, and allows Indigenous Nations to expand their institutional and structural power meaningfully in relation to the state. Agreements designed primarily to help manage the state-driven consultation processes that are required under Canadian state law seem inherently monological by contrast, providing only a restricted space for increased institutional or structural power of Indigenous peoples. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Dual sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Indigenous sovereignty and state sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Indigenous/state non-treaty agreements en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.title Respecting sovereignties: Indigenous/state agreements in British Columbia and their alignment with a dual sovereignty concept en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Lawson, James Charles Barkley
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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