Beyond rights and wrongs: towards a treaty-based practice of relationality

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dc.contributor.author Starblanket, Gina
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-22T17:20:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-12-22
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8911
dc.description.abstract This research explores the implications of the distinction between transactional and relational understandings of the Numbered Treaties, negotiated by Indigenous peoples and the Dominion of Canada from 1871-1921. It deconstructs representations of the Numbered Treaties as “land transactions” and challenges the associated forms of oppression that emerge from this interpretation. Drawing on oral histories of the Numbered Treaties, it argues instead that they established a framework for relationship that expressly affirmed the continuity of Indigenous legal and political orders. Further, this dissertation positions treaties as a longstanding Indigenous political institution, arguing for the resurgence of a treaty-based ethic of relationality that has multiple applications in the contemporary context. It demonstrates how a relational understanding of treaties can function as a powerful strategy of refusal to incorporation within the nation state; arguing that if treaties are understood as structures of co-existence rather than land transactions, settler colonial assertions of hegemonic authority over Indigenous peoples and lands remain illegitimate. Furthermore, it examines how a relational orientation to treaties might inspire alternatives to violent, asymmetrical, and hierarchical forms of co-existence between humans and with other living beings. To this end, it takes up the potential for treaties to inform legal and political strategies that are reflective of Indigenous philosophies of relationality, providing applied examples at the individual, intrasocietal, and intersocietal levels. 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 Governance en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Feminism en_US
dc.subject Treaties en_US
dc.subject Indigenous-Crown Relations en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Politics en_US
dc.subject Relationality en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Constitutionalism en_US
dc.title Beyond rights and wrongs: towards a treaty-based practice of relationality en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik
dc.contributor.supervisor Alfred, Gerald R.
dc.degree.department Program: Indigenous Governance en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2018-12-18

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