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A Dialogue on the Effects of Aboriginal Rights Litigation and Activism on Aboriginal Communities in Northwestern British Columbia

Richard Daly and Val Napoleon

Keywords: Methodological activism, aboriginal litigation, objectivity, dispute settlement, situated knowledge

Abstract

Both community activism and anthropological research affect local

communities materially, whether this research is conducted by ‘ac-

tivists’ or ‘objectivists’. It is ethically and methodologically important

that these activisms be recognized and built into the subject of the

research. Aboriginal rights litigation entails both explicit and implicit

activism by all concerned, although few admit as much. In this light,

some of the effects of such activism on a local community engaged in

aboriginal rights litigation in Canada are discussed in the form of a dia-

logue between an anthropologist and a community activist who is now

working in aboriginal law.

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