Hancock’s Aboriginal Rights, Anthropology, and Development in the North


Handout 1

Handout 2


Legal Cases


St.Catherine’s Milling and Lumber Co. v. the Queen [S.C.C. 1888]

Calder v. Attorney General of British Columbia [S.C.C. 1973]

Hamlet of Baker Lake v. Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development[F.C.C. 1979]

R. v. Sparrow [S.C.C. 1990]

R. v. Van der Peet [S.C.C. 1996]

Delgamuukw v. the Queen [S.C.C. 1997]

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia [B.C.S.C. 2007]

National Film Board of Canada


“Dancing Around the Table” (Maurice Bulbulia 1987) (Part 1) (Part 2)

(From NFB site): “A documentary about the Conferences on the Constitutional Rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (1983-85), focusing on the concept of self-government”.

“Is the Crown at War with Us?”  (Alanis Obomsawin 2002)

(From NFB site): “In the summer of 2000, federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi’gmaq fishermen of Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? Alanis Obomsawin casts her nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay”.


“Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” (Alanis Obomsawin 1993)

(From NFB site): “On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades”.