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Introduction Self-government is essentially a contestable concept one where there is no agreement over what it means what powers a self-government should have whether a self-government is subordinate to equal to or superior to the other levels provincial and federal in particular of government in Canada In 1998 the Nisgaa Nation signed a tripartite agreement between the people of the Nisgaa First Nation and the governments of Canada and British Columbia and became characterized as setting a historic precedent for the future of self-government and self-determination for the Aboriginal peoples in Canada Though too premature to tell as this agreement is less than a decade new it certainly impacts Canadas federation as this agreement sets a bar for other Aboriginal groups wishing to seek similar arrangements precipitating a new trend for the reality of Canada Of course the nature of politics cannot evolve with out some discussion for this reason I will explore the implications of this modern treaty on the citizens of the Nisgaa Nation The Supreme Court of Canada While there is little contention that the courts have been the driving force in settling treaty negotiations they are however lengthy and costly That said millions of dollars has been spent on this agreement evidently leaving the Nisgaa Nation autonomous in its governance of its citizens It would be difficult to assume then that during the thirty years of settlement negotiations and litigation beginning with Calder in 1973 that the same amount of investment has been made to strengthen the capacity of the Nisgaa Nation and its citizens to govern themselves Politics and Leadership What is most obvious is that over the last century the Aboriginal peoples of Canada have adopted western liberal values and in many ways assimilated accordingly to colonization Hence how are the self-governing Nisgaa Nation going to govern themselves differently when their forefathers in many ways have only been taught non-Aboriginal customs values and language Arguably political leaders have
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