Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2000


Published in Great Plains Research 10 (Spring 2000). Copyright © 2000 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Since at least the 1960s, Canadian Aboriginal political activity has witnessed a startling increase in both its breadth and intensity. This activism has increasingly voiced the concerns and frustrations of Aboriginal people through political organizations whose explicit mandate was and remains to lobby the provincial and federal governments on behalf of their constituents. There is considerable debate, however, about the extent to which these organizations actually represent progressive social change for Aboriginals in Canada or simply owe their "resistance" to the heavy influence of federal and provincial government funding.