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Mi'kmaq Treaties on Trial : History, Land, and Donald Marshall Junior / William C. Wicken.

Author/Creator:
Wicken, William C., author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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In English.
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Summary:
In 1725-6 the British colonial government of Nova Scotia signed a treaty of friendship and peace with the local Mi'kmaq people. This treaty explicitly acknowledged the co-existence of Mi'kmaq and British law - but much of its meaning stemmed from its complex negotiation, which was influenced by the history of aboriginal-European relations in Acadia prior to 1726. William Wicken argues that after 1749 a more forceful British military presence led officials to re-interpret the treaty in the light of its own interests.From 1994 to 1996, the author was an expert witness for the defence at the Marshall trial, during which the Supreme Court of Canada integrated aboriginal perspectives on treaty-making into current interpretations. Dr Wicken was one of the historians who gathered and presented the historical evidence to the court. This timely and original work intersperses close analysis of the 1726 treaty with discussions of the Marshall case, and shows how the inter-cultural relationships and power dynamics of the past, have shaped both the law and the social climate of the present. The author argues that the treaties must be viewed in their historical context, and that of the oral tradition of Mi'kmaq people, to be properly understood.Current high-profile legal cases involving aboriginal rights lend this work a special significance among the legal and academic communities, where it is destined to spark debate. It is of particular relevance to history and native studies students.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART ONE The Mi'kmaq in 1726
25 November 1993, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chapter One. The Mi'kmaq and Land
Chapter Two. The Mi'kmaq Polity
PART TWO: The 1726 Treaty
Article of Peace and Agreement: Annapolis Royal 1726
Reciprocal Promises Made by Captain John Doucett: 1726
21 November 1994, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Chapter Three. The Genesis of the 1726 Treaty: The Wabanaki-New England War of 1722-1725
Chapter Four. The Languages of Communication
Chapter Five. The 1726 Treaty and Utrecht
Chapter Six. Establishing Laws, Establishing Relationships
Chapter Seven. British Politics and Treaty Making
PART THREE: Renewing the 1726 Treaty
Treaty of Peace and Friendship
February 1996, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chapter Eight. The Founding of Halifax: Re-interpreting the 1726 Treaty
Chapter Nine. The 1760-1761 Treaties
PART FOUR: The 1726 Treaty in History and Law
27 June 1996, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Conclusion
September to November 1999
Glossary of Names
Glossary of Places
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 07. Dez 2018)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781442670211
OCLC:
1078907412
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442670211 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.