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The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State

Miranda Johnson


The Land Is Our History tells the story of indigenous legal activism at a critical juncture in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In the late 1960s, indigenous activists protested policies of assimilation and the usurpation of their lands as a new mining boom took off, both of which radically threatened their collective identities. Often excluded from legal recourse in the past, indigenous leaders took their claims to settler law with remarkable results. For the first time, their distinctive histories were admitted into court as evidence of their rights. Examining how indigenous peoples opene ... More

Keywords: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, indigenous activism, settler states, law, national identity, postcolonial history, land rights, self-determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miranda Johnson, author
University of Sydney