A Common Hunger: Land Rights in Canada and South Africa

A Common Hunger: Land Rights in Canada and South Africa

By Joan G. Fairweather
Book Description

Geographically, demographically, and politically, South Africa and Canada are two countries that are very far apart. What they have in common are indigenous populations, which, because of their historical and ongoing experience of colonization and dispossession, share a hunger for land and human dignity.Based on extensive research carried out in both countries, A Common Hunger is a comparative work on the history of indigenous land rights in Canada and post-apartheid South Africa. Joan Fairweather has constructed a balanced examination of the impact of land dispossession on the lives of indigenous peoples in both countries and their response to centuries of European domination. By reclaiming rights to the land and an equitable share in the wealth-producing resources they contain, the first peoples of Canada and South Africa are taking important steps to confront the legacies of poverty that characterize many of their communities. A Common Hunger provides historical context to the current land claim process in these two former British colonies and examines the efforts of governments and the courts to ensure that justice is done.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Bibliographic Information
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Maps
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Maps & Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Canada and South Africa
  • Aboriginal Rights and International Law
  • The clearing of lands and languages
  • Part One: Dispossession
    • Chapter 1: The Land and the People
      • The First Peoples of the Cape of Good Hope
      • The First Peoples of North America
      • Slavery in New France and the Cape Colony
      • British North America
      • The Cape under British Rule
      • Frontier Societies
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: Land Rights and Treaties
      • Introduction
      • Canadian Treaties
      • Treaties in Colonial South Africa
      • Discussion: Strategies of Land Alienation
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3: Sovereignty and Segregation
      • Introduction
      • Sovereignty and Constitutional Rights in Canada
      • Assimilation in Twentieth-Century Canada
      • Sovereignty in South Africa
      • Pragmatic Segregation in South Africa
      • Ideological Segregation: Apartheid South Africa
      • The Struggle for Sovereignty in South Africa
      • Challenging the Concept of Sovereignty in Canada
      • Conclusion
  • Part Two: Reclaiming the Land
    • Chapter 4: Litigation
      • Introduction
      • Aboriginal Rights Court Cases in Canada
      • The Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en of British Columbia
      • Delgamuukw v. British Columbia (1997)
      • Aboriginal Litigation in South Africa
      • The Richtersveld Case: Background
      • The Richtersveld Community v. Alexkor Ltd.
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 5: Negotiating Restitution
      • Introduction
      • Reclaiming the Land in South Africa
      • The Restitution Process in South Africa
      • Challenges to Restitution in South Africa
      • Case Study: The Mogopa Community,
      • Rebuilding Communities
      • The Conservation Factor
      • The Case of Kosi Bay, Maputaland (KwaZulu-Natal)
      • Negotiating Land Restitution in Canada
      • The Lubicon Cree, Alberta
      • The B.C. Treaty Commission
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 6: Self-Government
      • Restoring Sovereignty
      • Negotiating Self-Government in Canada
      • The Sechelt Agreement
      • The Inuit Peoples of the Northwest Territories
      • The Nunavut Land Claim
      • Reversing “Self Government” in the Former Bantustans
      • Conclusion
  • Part 3: Dealing with Legacies
    • Chapter 7: Restoring Dignity
      • The Hunger for Dignity
      • Legacies of Dispossession in Canada
      • Legacies of Dispossession in South Africa
      • The Problem of “Invisibility”
      • Land Matters: Restoring Dignity
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 8: Reconciliation
      • The Purpose of Public Inquiries
      • Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991–96)
      • Critiquing the RCAP Process
      • South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission996–98)
      • Critiquing the TRC
      • Reparations
      • Uncovering the Truth
      • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
    • Why Land Rights Matter
    • The Task of Nation-building in South Africa
    • The Power of Stories (Canada)
  • Appendix: Australia and New Zealand
  • Notes
    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
    • Conclusion
    • Appenix: Australia and New Zealand
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Africa: Missing Voices Series Information
  • Back Cover
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