Property as Ontology: On Aboriginal and English Understandings of Ownership
Before Canada was a country Britain recognized that aboriginal people living here had title to land: the Royal Proclamation of 1763 declared that only the British Crown could acquire land from First Nations, and that was typically done through treaties. In most parts of Canada, the British Crown established treaties with First Nations before Confederation. The new Dominion of Canada continued this policy of making treaties before the west was opened for settlement, but in BC, this process was never completed. Aboriginal Rights: The Issues: BC Treaty Commission
EconPapers: Aboriginal Property Rights in Canada: A Contractarian View
Wendy Moss, Elaine Gardner-O'Toole, Law and Government Division
Revised November 1991
And if you think land claims are complicated wait till we start discussing intellectual property.
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