Wampum at Niagara (it’s not just about the Royal Proclamation)

In 2014, the Canadian Association of Law Teacher’s held their annual conference in Winnipeg (http://www.acpd-calt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CALT-Conference-Program-May-26.pdf).
Ovide Mercredi gave a speech at the dinner. During his speech he asked the group what significant anniversary was happening in 2014. The answer was the anniversary of the Treaty of Niagara. He then challenged us as to why so few of us knew that and why we weren’t teaching the Treaty making as opposed to just the Royal Proclamation.  I have lots of excuses, but none are very good.
Whether for the Reconciliation Syllabus or for ConLaw teaching, I can’t recommend John Borrows’ Wampum at Niagara enough.
“Wampum at Niagara: The Royal Proclamation, Canadian Legal History, and Self-Government.” In Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Essays on Law, Equality, and Respect for Difference. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997. 155-172.
SFU even has it online http://www.sfu.ca/~palys/Borrows-WampumAtNiagara.pdf
It is listed on the UBC indigenous foundations site too.

I think that is particularly important for those in my geographic area, given the nations who were represented at Niagara.  But I think the article goes well beyond that in outlining the significance of Niagara.


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