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Purich, Donald.

Toronto, James Lorimer, c1986. 252pp, paper, ISBN 0-88862-975-3 (cloth) $14.95, 0-88862-974-5 (paper) $7.95. (Canadian Issues series). CIP

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Lillian M. Turner

Volume 15 Number 2
1987 March

Donald Purich, director of the University of Saskatchewan's Native Law Centre and author of three previous books, is a recognized authority on native rights. This book is another in Lorimer's Canadian Issues series, offering an "inffomed, up-to-date, critical introduction to key issues facing Canadians."

The issue of native rights is treated in historical context, with discussion of the impact that the coming of the Europeans had on native populations, culture, and governments. Punch leads the reader in non-legal language through the maze of Canada's national policies, various treaties, the Indian Act and changes therein, and Indian Affairs bureaucracy to the times of change in the 70s and 80s. Constitutional conferences have brought some recognition of the relationship of native rights to cultural survival and to their own land, and present a scenario for future self-government.

Our Land is highly recommended for senior units and courses dealing with native studies and Canadian politics. It will also provide an excellent individual study or enrichment unit. The paperback is sufficiently sturdy for classroom use. It will equally interest adult readers with a concern for our native population: Indian, Metis, Dene, and Inuit. The selected bibliography, subdivided into books, government reports, articles, monographs, and other reports will be useful for further reading. The comprehensive index is subdivided with cross-references.

Lillian M. Turner, York Memorial C.I., Toronto, Ont.
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