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Report of an inquiry into an injustice : Begade Shutagot'ine and the Sahtu treaty / Peter Kulchyski.
Publication Information:
Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
176 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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"A Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice" chronicles 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 Metis peoples of the region. While both Treaty 11 (1921) and the Sahtu Treaty (1994) purport to extinguish Begade Shutagot'ine Aboriginal title, oral history and documented attempts to exclude themselves from treaty strongly challenge the validity of that extinguishment.Structured as a series of briefs 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.

Author Notes

PETER KULCHYSKI , although non-Aboriginal, attended a government-run residential school in northern Manitoba before studying politics at the University of Winnipeg and York University. He now teaches Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has written and edited many scholarly books and articles, including Like the Sound of a Drum .

Table of Contents

Mapsp. vi
Opening Brief: Concerning Begade Shutagot'ine Land Rightsp. 1
Deposition 1 Tulitap. 7
Deposition 2 Caribou Flatsp. 60
Deposition 3 Drum Lakep. 93
Deposition 4 Stewart Lakep. 137
Closing Brief: Love Letter to Section 25 of the Canadian Constitutionp. 154
Acknowledgementsp. 163
Bibliographyp. 165