Arrival of Strangers - The Last 500 Years
As European settlement proceeded, Aboriginal people affirmed their continuing rights and concerns through speeches, petitions, and formal visits to local officials and England. Following World War II, individual human rights and group rights of minorities became important international issues. Canada increased government involvement in ensuring Canadians' welfare and strengthened the legal protection of civil rights. Aboriginal leaders, including veterans and women, pressed for the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in these areas. In the 1970s, Aboriginal control of Aboriginal education became a priority, as the self-government movement grew and residential schools were phased out. In 1982, Aboriginal leaders secured constitutional protection of treaty rights.
Aboriginal people have reshaped Canadian law through the pursuit of Aboriginal title to land, a legal definition of Aboriginal rights and the right to self-government. They have become forceful players on a redefined political field through national and local political associations, representation in Parliament and current treaty negotiations.