Canada's Indigenous Border Wall: An Examination of the Ways that the Canadian Government’s Lack of Reciprocation of the Jay Treaty Infringes on First Nations Rights

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Global Friday Presents

Sm Łoodm ’Nüüsm – Dr. Mique’l Dangeli
Adjunct Professor
Department of First Nations Studies
University of Northern British Columbia

Live at UNBC Terrace Campus ~ Room: 112
Livestreamed to UNBC Prince George Campus ~ Room: 5-175

ABSTRACT:  Signed in 1794 between the U.S. and the British, the Jay Treaty grants Status Indians born in Canada, who have 50 per cent blood quantum, the right to live and work in the United States with all the rights of a citizen. Those who meet this criteria can essentially live as their lives as our ancestors did - borderless. For those of us who are US Born First Nations who are Indigenous to Canada, however, the Canadian border is nearly impenetrable because this country never codified the Jay treaty. This paper examines how Canada’s refusal to reciprocate the Jay Treaty acts as an Indigenous border wall by denying First Nations people the right to live and work in our their territory.

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