Charlie Dennis – Cape Breton, Canada
A Warrior’s Message: Milton Born With A Tooth
The principles of reconciliation, cooperation & mutual respect lie at the heart of Milton Born With A Tooth’s plea for solidarity & purposeful action. It is a warrior’s message on the brink of a campaign to protect our common home, the earth, & a future worth fighting for.
What legal frameworks inform indigenous law in the Anishinaabe cultural tradition?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft discusses the interconnectedness of spiritual, natural, customary and human laws as bases for indigenous legal practices, emphasizing the dynamic evolution of these interrelated frameworks in a changing world.
What role does agency have in the preservation of indigenous cultural heritage?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft reflects on the resiliency of indigenous people, in their preservation of language, customs, sacred places, relationships and culture, emphasizing the centrality of human agency and free will in the preservation of cultural heritage.
What is the meaning of water to indigenous communities in Manitoba?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft reflects on the significance of water to indigenous communities in Canada, both as the source of life and, in another sense, as the source of all the contemporary issues facing First Nations people today. Hydro-electric development, in particular, has impacted the conditions of indigenous communities in Manitoba in regards to their lands, the ecosystems and wildlife within these territories, and the relative connectedness or isolation of communities along crucial waterways. Such circumstances place water at the center of many crucial discussions regarding the sustainability of First Nations communities, the cultural heritage of these people and traditional indigenous lands that must be safeguarded in laws and treaties.
What significance does water have in First-Nations legal traditions?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft describes the significance of water in First-Nations legal systems. As transecting Canadian federal law and indigenous legal systems water law is a contestable area. One major difference is the agency — and hence legal standing — that water is acknowledged to have in indigenous contexts, due to its spiritual significance. This fact has significant practical and theoretical implications.