Book Review of Alan Cairns, Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State

14 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2009

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Shin Imai

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: January 11, 2002

Abstract

Cairns is critical of suggestions of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In his view, they pushed for a "maximum amount of self-government" for First Nations, while neglecting the "civic relation of Aboriginal peoples and individuals to federal and provincial communities and their governments." Legal academics, he observes, have a "pervasive tendency" to "undervalue, underestimate, or overlook the continuing links,"and have become members of an "intellectual social movement."

This book review is critical of Cairns for failing to provide details on an alternative and for taking a mono cultural view of what it means to be "Canadian".

Keywords: Indigenous, self-government, Cairns, Indian, Aboriginal, Canada

JEL Classification: H77

Suggested Citation

Imai, Shin, Book Review of Alan Cairns, Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State (January 11, 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1326084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1326084

Shin Imai (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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