Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada

Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada

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By Christopher Alcantara
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
World Rights
200 Pages
ISBN 9781442612846
Published Mar 2013
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This book provides the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of the factors that explain both completed and incomplete treaty negotiations between Aboriginal groups and the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada. Since 1973, groups that have never signed treaties with the Crown have been invited to negotiate what the government calls “comprehensive land claims agreements,” otherwise known as modern treaties, which formally transfer jurisdiction, ownership, and title over selected lands to Aboriginal signatories. Despite their importance, not all groups have completed such agreements – a situation that is problematic not only for governments but for Aboriginal groups interested in rebuilding their communities and economies.

Using in-depth interviews with Indigenous, federal, provincial, and territorial officials, Christopher Alcantara compares the experiences of four Aboriginal groups: the Kwanlin Dün First Nation (with a completed treaty) and the Kaska Nations (with incomplete negotiations) in Yukon Territory, and the Inuit (completed) and Innu (incomplete) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Based on the experiences of these groups, Alcantara argues that scholars and policymakers need to pay greater attention to the institutional framework governing treaty negotiations and, most importantly, to the active role that Aboriginal groups play in these processes.

Christopher Alcantara is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University.





Chapter 1: Setting the Stage: The Context of Modern Treaty Negotiations in Canada

Chapter 2: The Odyssey of the Innu and the Inuit in Labrador

Chapter 3: The Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Kaska Nations in the Yukon Territory

Chapter 4: Where Do We Go From Here? Options and Alternatives




"Filling an important gap in both theoretical studies and practical knowledge, Negotiating the Deal is a significant work. It will make a lasting contribution to the literature on land claims, Aboriginal issues generally, and the Canadian political process."

Kathy L. Brock, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

S.M. Lipset Book Award awarded by American Political Science Association (United States) - Winner in 2017
Donald Smiley Prize awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association (Canada) - Short-listed in 2014
Best Book in Canadian Studies awarded by Canadian Studies Network - Réseau d'études canadiennes (Canada) - Winner in 2014