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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.25019
  • Framing the Intervention: How Canada Staged its Takeover of the Lubicon Lake Nation
  • Bork, Dietlind L R
  • English
  • Lubicon
    Aboriginal governance
    custom code
    frame
    election
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    Custom Election Dispute Resolution Policy
    Indian Act
    custom of the band
    Indian band
    custom election dispute
    leadership dispute
    governance dispute
    third party management
    media
    2009
    First Nation
    oil
    traditional territory
    human rights
  • Jan 10, 2012 11:27 AM
  • Thesis
  • English
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  • In 2009, against the backdrop of halted land claim negotiations and increasing oil extraction from Lubicon traditional territory, a challenge was brought against the Lubicon custom election code. The challenge triggered a response from band members, a response later dismissed by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This thesis presents the resulting situation as an impasse between conceptual frames. On the one hand, the majority of Lubicon people understand the issue of the disputed election code to have been resolved according to Lubicon custom. On the other hand, INAC officials have determined the Lubicon situation to be an ongoing internal leadership dispute, a determination that requires INAC to appoint a third party to manage Lubicon affairs on behalf of the Lubicon people. The thesis examines this intervention, and the consequences for the Lubicon, not as an INAC response to financial default, but as a political response stemming from INAC’s interests.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Spring 2012
  • Marko Zivkovic (Anthropology)
  • Lisa Philips (Anthropology)
    Ian Urquhart (Political Science)