No need of a chief for this band: The Maritime Mi'kmaq and Federal Electoral Legislation, 1899-1951 (Hardback)Martha Elizabeth Walls (author)
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In 1899 the Canadian government passed legislation to replace the community appointment of Mi'kmaw leaders and Mi'kmaw political practices with the triennial system, a Euro-Canadian system of democratic band council elections. Officials in Ottawa assumed the federally mandated and supervised system would redefine Mi'kmaw politics. They were wrong. Many Mi'kmaw communities rejected or amended the legislation, while others accepted it only sporadically to meet specific community needs and goals. Compelling and timely, this book supports Aboriginal claims to self-governance and complicates understandings of state power by showing that the Mi'kmaw, rather than succumbing to imposed political models, retained political practices that distinguished them from their Euro-Canadian neighbours.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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