Justice as Position, Justice as Practice: Indigenous Governance at the Boundary

  • Stephen Cornell
Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)


I begin with a story. The Nisga’a Nation is an Indigenous nation in the Canadian province of British Columbia. In 1999, after more than two decades of negotiations and more than a century of Nisga’a effort to prosecute their claims, the Nisga’a Nation, Canada, and British Columbia signed a treaty that restored to the Nisga’a people a portion of their traditional lands and certain Nisga’a rights of self-government, among them the rights to make law, to resolve disputes, and to control much of what happens on their lands. In 2000, after passage by the Canadian Senate and the provision of Royal Assent, the Nisga’a Final Agreement went into effect.


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  • Stephen Cornell
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  1. 1.Native Nations InstituteUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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