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BC Studies no. 120 Winter 1998

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BC Studies no. 120 Winter 1998

Beginning with Chief Joseph Gosnell’s speech to the provincial legislature (expressing in powerful rhetoric the treaty’s meaning for the Nisga’a), this issue features articles from both treaty supporters and its critics, exploring the background of the Nisga’a treaty and its consequences for all British Columbians.

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In This Issue


John Borrows teaches constitutional law, Aboriginal law, and natural resources in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Hamar Foster, professor and associate dean of law at the University of Victoria, writes on Aboriginal law, BC legal history, and comparative Canadian and US criminal law.

Gordon Gibson is Senior Fellow in Canadian Studies at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver. He is the author of Plan B: The Future of the Rest of Canada (Fraser Institute, I994) and Thirty Million Musketeers (Fraser Institute, I995).

Joseph Gosnell is president of the Nisga’a Tribal Council.

Samuel V. LaSelva is a member of the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia. His publications include The MoraI Foundations of Canadian Federalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, I996).

Neil Sterritt was research director for the Gitksan-Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council, 1977/81, and the tribal council president, 1981/87. He led the Gitksan-Wet’suwet’en peoples in the precedent-setting Delgamuukw case, decided in December 1997 by the Supreme Court of Canada. He is co-author of Tribal Bounadries in the Nass Watershed (UBC Press, I998).

Charles Taylor is a professor emeritus of philosophy and political science at McGill University. His books include the Malaise of Modernity (Anansi, 1991, based on the CBC Massey Lectures), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (Princeton University Press, 1994), and Philosophical Arguments (Harvard University Press, 1995).