Report Of An Inquiry Into An Injustice: Begade...

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Author Kulchyski, Peter
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Report of an Inquiry into an Injusticechronicles Peter Kulchyski's experiences with the Begade Shutagot'ine, a small community of a few hundred people living in and around Tulita (formerly Fort Norman) on the Mackenzie River in the heart of Canada's Northwest Territories. Despite their formal objections and boycott of the agreement, the band and their lands were included in the Sahtu Treaty, a modern comprehensive land claims agreement negotiated between the Government of Canada and the Sahtu Tribal Council, representing Dene and Métis peoples of the region. While both Treaty Eleven (1921) and the Sahtu Treaty (1994) purport to extinguish Begade Shutagot'ine Aboriginal title, oral history and documented attempts to exclude themselves from the treaties strongly challenge the validity of that extinguishment. Structured as a series of
iefs to an inquiry into the Begade Shutagot'ine's claim, this manuscript documents the negotiation and implementation of the Sahtu Treaty and amasses evidence of historical and continued presence and land use to make eminently clear that the Begade Shutagot'ine are the continued owners of the land by law: they have not extinguished title to their traditional territories; they continue to exercise their customs, practices, and traditions on those territories; and they have a fundamental right to be consulted on, and refuse or be compensated for, development projects on those territories. Kulchyski bears eloquent witness to the Begade Shutagot'ine people's two-decade struggle for land rights, which have been blatantly ignored by federal and territorial authorities for too long.

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Peter Kulchyski'sA Report of an Inquiry into an Injusticeweaves together stories of law, politics, culture and everyday life to create an incisive and often poetic examination of the lives of the Begade Shutagot'ine. This book bears eloquent witness to the Begade Shutagot'ine people's assertion that they have never ceded their aboriginal or territorial rights. Working with elders and traditional harvesting families, Kulchyski's work presents their culture, history, and life on the land while making clear the impacts of government policy, treaty, and self government on the mountain Dene of the Keele River.

Table of Contents
Preface Opening Brief Deposition One: Tulita Deposition Two: Caribou Flats Deposition Three: Drum Lake Deposition Four: Stewart Lake Closing Brief: Love Letter to Section 25 of the Canadian Constitution