Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.


Hedley, M.




Concepts of aboriginal self-determination in the Canadian context have evolved with the development of the nation-state. Several periods of Federal Indian policy have charted the course for changing definitions of aboriginality. Overshadowing these definitions are the state imposed criteria for several categories of aboriginality. Attached to the changing concept of aboriginality are the attempts to assimilate aboriginal people into evolving state formations. A history of Federal Indian policy points to the patterns that emerge when attempts to assimilate aboriginal people are based on the tenets of liberalism as the highest ideals in Canadian state formation and nation-building, and are countered by historical demands for aboriginal self-determination. The goal of the federal government in its aboriginal policy, has been to keep rising costs for services provided to aboriginal groups at a minimum. A hidden aspect of this attempt is the regulation of aboriginal self-determination to ordinary citizenship, which in effect determines concepts of aboriginality.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .N34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0415. Adviser: Max Hedley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.