Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2009


Published in Great Plains Research 19.2 (Fall 2009): 251.


Copyright 2009 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


Moving toward justice for Aboriginal peoples requires a narrowing of the gap between the theory of Aboriginal rights and practice. The increase in political resolve required to promote the priority of justice for Aboriginal peoples will be achieved only through a reinforcement of mutual obligations that form the core of Aboriginal rights.

While this collection is substantially grounded in discussions of social development through law, Constitutionalism, and public administration, it is unclear that the concept of priority within the larger intersocietal relationship is ever directly engaged. Though the essays represent an impressive and promising diversity of views, there is a dearth of Aboriginal scholarship that presents an Aboriginal perspective in a text summoning the requirement that public policy for Aboriginal peoples “be based on Aboriginal initiatives, through Aboriginal governments.” The text’s organizational structure serves to buttress this point.