Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Hedley, M.


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




This thesis examines the development of Native policing in Canada. Through a combination of archival and field research, it: (1) demonstrates the degree to which Native communities have been obliged to rely on the "crime control" model of policing; and (2) underscores the need for such communities to find alternatives to this model which does not adequately meet their needs. A critique of the contemporary model of policing (termed "crime-control"), and an examination of the four primary models used in regard to Native policing, provides the foundation for a specific inquiry into one Native community's struggle towards autonomy in policing. Indeed, a focus on the Walpole Island First Nation, located in Southern Ontario, yields important insights into the processes which have compelled Native communities to adopt this less than adequate model of policing. However, in an effort to reduce the tendency for these findings to be interpreted as a call for more "traditional" forms of law enforcement, this research also examines Euro-Canadian conceptions of "Nativeness", and how they have served to obfuscate this issue.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .S235. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-02, page: 0504. Adviser: Max J. Hedley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.