Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 (Law and Society Series)

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Scholars often accept without question that Canada's Indian Act (1876) criminalized First Nations. In this illuminating book, Shelley Gavigan argues that the notion of criminalization captures neither the complexities of Aboriginal participation in the courts nor the significance of the Indian Act as a form of law. Hunger, Horses, and Government Men takes the study of criminal law and criminalization in a new direction.

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This fascinating account of Aboriginal people’s encounters with the law in prairie Canada challenges conventional wisdom about relations of power and inequality in the criminal courts.

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Scholars often accept without question that the Indian Act
(1876) criminalized First Nations. Drawing on court files, police and
penitentiary records, and newspaper accounts from the Saskatchewan
region of the North-West Territories between 1870 and 1905, Shelley
Gavigan argues that the notion of criminalization captures neither the
complexities of Aboriginal participation in the criminal courts nor the
significance of the Indian Act as a form of law. This
illuminating book paints a vivid portrait of Aboriginal defendants,
witnesses, and informants whose encounters with the criminal law and
the Indian Act included both the mediation and the enforcement
of relations of inequality.

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