Native history on trial: Confessions of an expert witness (Aboriginal rights, Canada)

TitleNative history on trial: Confessions of an expert witness (Aboriginal rights, Canada)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsRay, AJ
JournalCANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
Volume84
Pagination253-273
ISBN Number0008-3755
KeywordsAustralian aborigines, Cases, Comparative analysis, Cultural anthropology, Expert witness testimony, Expert witnesses, History, Laws, Litigation, Native Americans, Native North Americans, Native peoples, Native rights, regulations and rules, Rights, Treaties, Trials
Abstract

The era of Aboriginal claims and litigation began int he Untied States shortly after the Second World War and, some twenty to thirty years later, in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. From the beginning it has been an interactive process involving the Aboriginal, academic, and legal communities. This article offers a comparative perspective on the issues of voice, research, and evidence which, along with the objectivity of academic experts, has been a concern to cultural/historical experts who have taken part in the process since the early 1950s.;   The era of Aboriginal claims and litigation began in the US shortly after the Second World War and, some twenty to thirty years later, in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. From the beginning it has been an interactive process involving the Aboriginal, academic and legal communities. This article offers a comparative perspective on the issues of voice, research and evidence which, along with the objectivity of academic experts, has been a concern to cultural/historical experts who have taken part in the process since the early 1950s.