Generic Rights

Aboriginal Rights can be separated into two categories: generic and specific. I will focus first on generic rights, as they are more universal, as specific rights are limited to specific groups and would cause me to narrow my discussion too much at this time.

Generic Aboriginal Rights include: rights to the land (Aboriginal title), rights to subsistence resources and activities, the right to self- determination and self-government, the right to practise ones’ own culture and customs including language and religion, and the right to enter into treaties.

Violations of these rights may be direct attacks against aboriginal rights to self-governance and land rights, or might be prejudiced attacks on individuals themselves. Some violations may be destructive to both the Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal citizens.  I say these violations may harm non Aboriginals, because many people are negatively affected when certain land disputes are lost. Naomi Klein-


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