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Native Peoples and Water Rights: Irrigation, Dams, and the Law in Western Canada

By: Kenichi Matsui

256 pages, illus

McGill-Queens University Press

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #186949 | ISBN-13: 9780773535343
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About this book

Economic developments in irrigation, agriculture and hydroelectric power generation in western Canada at the turn of the last century challenged the way Native peoples had traditionally managed the watershed environment. Facing rapidly expanding provincial and federal power as well as private industries, Native peoples saw opportunities to protect their self-governing rights and explore reserve-based economy.

Through a combination of field work and archival research, the author offers an original and pioneering overview of the evolution of water law and agricultural policies in the Canadian west. By incorporating the history of water law philosophies, water development technologies, agricultural policies and cross-cultural theories, Matsui constructs an interdisciplinary analysis of how both Native peoples and non-native stakeholders struggled for better rights and livelihood through litigation, political campaigns and direct actions.


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Biography

Kenichi Matsui is assistant professor, sustainable environmental studies, University of Tsukuba.

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