Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Pawley, Howard,


Political Science, General.




In assessing the progress toward a mutually acceptable agreement on aboriginal issues between native Canadians and Canadian governments, it is apparent that several obstacles have come to derail the process. This study attempts to identify one of those impediments: diversity within the native Canadian community. This study outlines two particular types of diversity within the native Canadian community: historically-based diversity and legally-based diversity. It also outlines the role that native Canadian organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Council of Canada have played in articulating this diversity. The primary findings of this study are: (1) There is certainly historically-based diversity within the native Canadian community. (2) There is certainly legally-based diversity within the native Canadian community. (3) Legal divisions within the native community, particularly those which dictate whether an individual or group is granted status, have influenced the level of diversity within the native community by creating different interests and agendas for status and non-status Indians respectively. The conclusions of this study are that there is a significant amount of diversity which exists within the native Canadian community, and that therefore there are a variety of interests held therein. In order for a mutually acceptable agreement to be reached on native issues, Canadian governments must recognize the existence of this diversity when formulating policies which affect native Canadians. Similarly, native Canadians must recognize that diversity within their community makes devising a policy which will be acceptable to all is virtually impossible.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .D48. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0588. Adviser: Howard Pawley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.