Aboriginal Resource Use in Canada

Historical and Legal Aspects

Kerry Abel (Editor), Jean Friesen (Editor)


This volume addresses a wide range of topics related to Aboriginal resource use, ranging from the pre-contact period to the present. The papers were originally presented at a conference held in 1988 at the University of Winnipeg. Co-editor Kerry Abel has written an introduction that outlines the main themes of the book. She points out that it is difficult to know what the enshrinement of Aboriginal rights in the Canadian Constitution means without knowing exactly what constituted the Aboriginal interest in the land past and present. She also summarizes some of the developments in the rapidly evolving concept of Aboriginal rights.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction - Kerry Abel Part 1 : "Plenty of Fish and Fruits" "For Every Plant There is a Use": The Botanical World of Mexica and Iroquoians - Olive Patricia Dickason The Historical and Archaeological Evidence for the use of Fish as an Alternate Subsistence Resource among Northern Plains Bison Hunters - Brian J. Smith "Our Country": The Significance of the Buffalo Resource for a Plains Cree Sense of Territory - Joh Milloy Manomin: Historical-Geographical Perspectives on the Ojibwa Production of Wild Rice - D. Wayne Moodie Part 2: Fur Trade Economics and Resource Use Aboriginal Resource use in the Nineteenth Century in the Great Plains of Modern Canada - Irene M. Spry Dependency: Charles Bishop and the Northern Ojibwa - Eleanor M. Blain Changing Resource-Use Patterns of Saulteaux Trading at Fort Pelly, 1821 to 1870 - Laura L. Peers Rainy River Sturgeon: An Ojibway Resource in the Fur Trade Economy - Tim E. Holzkamm, Victor P. Lytwyn, Leo G. Waisberg Part 3: Governments and Resource Access Grant Me Wherewith to Make My Living - Jean Friesen "Principally Rocks and Burnt Lands": Crown Reserves and the Tragedy of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Northwestern Ontario - David T. McNab The Sinews of Their Lives Native Access to Resources in the Yukon, 1890 to 1950 - Ken Coates State Policy and the Native Trapper: Post-War Policy toward Fur in the Northwest Territories - Peter Clancy The Board of Investigation and the Water Rights of Indian Reserves - Nigel D. Bankes Part 4: The St. Catherine's Case Indian Title as a "Celestial Institution": David Mills and the St. Catherine's Milling Case - S. Barry Cottam The St. Catherine's Milling and Lumber Company versus the Queen: Indian Land Rights as a Factor in Federal-Provincial Relations in Nineteenth-Century Canada - Anthony J. Hall Part 5: Courts and Claims Inuit Land Use Studies and the Native Claims Process - Rick Riewe Fur Trade History and the Gitksan-Wet'-suwet'en Comprehensive Claim: Men of Property and the Exercise of Title - Arthur J. Ray Defending World Markets for Fur: Aboriginal Trapping, the Anti-Harvest Movement and International Law - Barry Barton Contributors

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.