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What impact does status have on band membership codes?
What limits, if any, should be placed on the right to
determine citizenship?
Legal, political, and cultural factors affecting Indigenous
identity and belonging
Interim proposed solutions to discrimination against
Non-Status Indians

For hundreds of years, we have struggled to survive amid a patrilineal system of
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Purich Publishing
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Cher Lynne
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a while but it such an important research topic regarding Indian status, membership and citizenship. I wanted to make sure I got through it. This book is a must read for every indigenous person in Canada!!
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Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an important book, particularly given the author's own learning experience in the process of writing it. The book is the result of Palmater's doctoral studies, in the course of which she had to come to terms with the fact that having a blood relative who was Indigenous is not the best way of determining who is a member of any particular indigenous community.

This is so important, as indigenous communities of the past did not require people to be related to members of the community in
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Leigh
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fascinating regarding current Indigenous issues around identity, status and non-status. I'm a non-indigenous person with no cultural ties, so I came to this book with a very basic knowledge of contemporary issues, and found myself embarrassed by the amount of information I didn't know or had completely wrong. The book is academic in parts so not everyone will enjoy it, which is a shame because the struggle around Indigenous identity will only intensify in the coming ...more
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