Dene Nation: The colony within

Edited by Mel Watkins

© 1977

This collection of papers by some twenty contributors has been selected in the main from presentations made up to the Berger Inquiry, and reflects the efforts of the Dene people to block the construction of a pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley lands they claim as their own. The issue is broader than a pipeline or even a land claim, and the presentations go well beyond showing the adverse effects of a pipeline, serious though these may be, and beyond asserting an Aboriginal claim to the land, valid though that may be. Rather, they reflect the Dene nation’s fundamental perception that their struggle is for the most universal of human rights, the right to be a self-determining people, living with their land as they have always done. Should no pipeline ever materialize up the Mackenzie Valley, the Dene nation will continue to assert this right and continue to strive for decolonization in matters of economics, politics, education, law, and culture. The papers, some of them written by Dene and others by specialists in a variety of fields, reveal the profound issues of human rights from which the pipeline protest ultimately derives. This book is essential reading for all concerned with Canada’s future as a compassionate democracy.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 189 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.4in x 9.2in
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This collection of papers by some twenty contributors has been selected in the main from presentations made up to the Berger Inquiry, and reflects the efforts of the Dene people to block the construction of a pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley lands they claim as their own.

Dene Nation: The colony within

Edited by Mel Watkins

© 1977

This collection of papers by some twenty contributors has been selected in the main from presentations made up to the Berger Inquiry, and reflects the efforts of the Dene people to block the construction of a pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley lands they claim as their own. The issue is broader than a pipeline or even a land claim, and the presentations go well beyond showing the adverse effects of a pipeline, serious though these may be, and beyond asserting an Aboriginal claim to the land, valid though that may be. Rather, they reflect the Dene nation’s fundamental perception that their struggle is for the most universal of human rights, the right to be a self-determining people, living with their land as they have always done. Should no pipeline ever materialize up the Mackenzie Valley, the Dene nation will continue to assert this right and continue to strive for decolonization in matters of economics, politics, education, law, and culture. The papers, some of them written by Dene and others by specialists in a variety of fields, reveal the profound issues of human rights from which the pipeline protest ultimately derives. This book is essential reading for all concerned with Canada’s future as a compassionate democracy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 189 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.4in x 9.2in
  • Author Information

    MEL WATKINS is a member of the Department of Political Economy and University College at the University of Toronto, and was a consultant to the Indian Brotherhood of the NWT in Yellowknife.