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At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research

August 07

Today our guest is Indigenous Articling Student-at-Law with Law Firm Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman and recent Master's of Law Graduate from U of M, Myra Tait. We discuss the release of the anthology her and U of M Faculty member Dr. Kiera Ladner edited: --Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal--. The massive and ambitious collection brings together 50 leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectuals, activists, artists, Elders, in a variety of mediums and modes. --Surviving Canada-- reads as a post-modern art project that attempts to rescript and rewrite the dominant narrative of the Canadian nation state during its sesquicentennial celebrations. We dig into Myra's chapter on the Kapyong Barracks land settlement agreement and its relationship to treaty and constitutional law. Specifically, Myra graciously walks us through the blatant attempts of the Federal Government to disrupt First Nations' attempts at reclaiming the land both conspicuously and inconspicuously and how this in-turn destabilizes Indigenous economic development. Drawing on her Masters research on New Zealand Federal policy as a touchstone, Myra describes how reconciliation can be engendered through policy and in the spirit of treaty rather than a political buzzword.