On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada

By Michael Asch

© 2014

What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory? Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived? The question lurks behind every court judgment on Indigenous rights, every demand that treaty obligations be fulfilled, and every land-claims negotiation.

Addressing these questions has occupied anthropologist Michael Asch for nearly thirty years. In On Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.

Asch proposes a way forward based on respecting the “spirit and intent” of treaties negotiated at the time of Confederation, through which, he argues, First Nations and settlers can establish an ethical way for both communities to be here to stay.

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  • Page Count: 232 pages
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In On Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.

On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada

By Michael Asch

© 2014

What, other than numbers and power, justifies Canada’s assertion of sovereignty and jurisdiction over the country’s vast territory? Why should Canada’s original inhabitants have to ask for rights to what was their land when non-Aboriginal people first arrived? The question lurks behind every court judgment on Indigenous rights, every demand that treaty obligations be fulfilled, and every land-claims negotiation.

Addressing these questions has occupied anthropologist Michael Asch for nearly thirty years. In On Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.

Asch proposes a way forward based on respecting the “spirit and intent” of treaties negotiated at the time of Confederation, through which, he argues, First Nations and settlers can establish an ethical way for both communities to be here to stay.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Michael Asch argues his points with elegance and logic. His work is always a pleasure to read…This important reflection on the state of Indigenous/settler relations in Canada merits a wide readership.’


    Neil Vallance
    BC Studies issue 186, summer 2015

    ‘Asch provides compelling evidence that demonstrates the need to alter our relationship with Indigenous peoples… His position is well founded, legitimately defended and in my opinion, a genuine way to reconcile “our being here to stay” with Indigenous peoples.’


    Emily-Jean Gallant
    The Canadian Journal of Native Studies vol34:02:2014

    ‘In a work relating to treaty rights, there is much here that will contribute to better understandings across a range of Aboriginal and treaty rights issues. Asch has here extended yet again his lifetime of contributing to discussions on section 35 rights, and we should all immensely appreciate his contribution.’


    Dwight Newman
    Review of Constitutional Studies vol 19:02:2015

    ‘For academic law libraries with collection interests in aboriginal law, this title is an essential addition.’


    Mary Hemmings
    Law Library Journal vol 106:04:2014

    ‘On Being Here to Stay is a thought provoking read. Michael Asch provides a different perspective on treaty relations not found in most law-oriented texts.’


    Jon Ponath
    Saskatchewan Law Review vol 78:2015

    “Michael Asch has written a brilliant account of Canada’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples. Drawing from Aboriginal and Western political thought, he charts a clear and challenging course to a relationship based on mutual consent rather than the might of the settler majority. This is a must-read for Canadians – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – who wish to understand what went wrong with the relationship and how to set it right.”


    Peter H. Russell, University Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    On Being Here To Stay is an interesting, clear, heartfelt argument for re-establishing the relationship between the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and the Canadian state around recognizing and honouring the terms of the treaties that create the grounds on which non-native people may live here. This book reflects a lifetime of thought by a major scholar. It has voice. It has soul.”
    Bruce G. Miller, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

    “In this timely book, Michael Asch deftly untangles the legal morass that has clouded Indigenous–settler relationships and provides avenues of hope for the redress and rebalancing of current injustices and inequality. On Being Here to Stay will appeal to anyone interested in understanding and reconciling the relationships between Indigenous nations and settler society.”
    Jane McMillan, Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities, Department of Anthropology, St Francis Xavier University
  • Author Information

    Michael Asch is a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and a professor (limited term) in the Department of Anthropology and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.
  • Table of contents

    Prologue

    Chapter 1: Overview

    Chapter 2: Aboriginal Rights and the Canadian Constitution

    Chapter 3: Aboriginal Rights and Temporal Priority

    Chapter 4: Aboriginal Rights and Self-Determination

    Chapter 5: Treaty Relations

    Chapter 6: Treaties and Co-Existence

    Chapter 7: Treaties and Sharing

    Chapter 8: Spirit and Intent

    Chapter 9: Setting the Record Straight

    Appendix I: Proportionality

    Appendix II: Treaty Map

    Notes

    References

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