Aboriginal Fishing Rights

Laws, Courts, Politics

By Parnesh Sharma  

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This book examines the nature of aboriginal fishing rights before and after the Sparrow decision from a perspective of whether disadvantaged groups are able to use the law to advance their causes of social progress and equality. It includes interviews with the key players in the fishing industry: the Musqueam Indian Band, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the commercial industry. It concludes that aboriginal fishing rights remain subject to arbitrary control and examines why and how this has happened.

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  • Introduction
  • Aboriginal Fishing Rights Before Sparrow
  • The Sparrow Decision
  • After the Sparrow Decision
  • Sparrow, the Law and Social Transformation


  • Parnesh Sharma

    Parnesh Sharma is a research analyst with the federal government in Vancouver.

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