By Douglas C. Harris

An engrossing heritage, Fish, legislations, and Colonialism recounts the human clash over fish and fishing in British Columbia and of the way that clash was once formed by means of legislations.

Pacific salmon fisheries, owned and controlled via Aboriginal peoples, have been remodeled within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries by means of advertisement and activity fisheries subsidized by way of the Canadian country and its legislations. via distinctive case experiences of the conflicts over fish weirs at the Cowichan and Babine rivers, Douglas Harris describes the evolving criminal gear that dispossessed Aboriginal peoples in their fisheries. construction upon issues constructed in literatures on nation legislation and native customized, and legislation and colonialism, he examines the contested nature of the colonial stumble upon at the scale of a river. In doing so, Harris finds the numerous divisions either inside and among executive departments, neighborhood settler societies, and Aboriginal communities.

Drawing on executive documents, statute books, case experiences, newspapers, missionary papers and a secondary anthropological literature to discover the roots of the ongoing clash over the salmon fishery, Harris has produced an outstanding, and well timed, felony and historic examine of legislation as contested terrain within the felony seize of Aboriginal salmon fisheries in British Columbia.

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