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Colonial fault lines : First Nations autonomy and Indigenous lands in the time of COVID-19 Flynn, Alexandra; Shanks, Signa Daum


The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the political and economic fault lines in the exercise of power across multiple jurisdictions. This article focuses on the power of First Nations to make enforceable decisions in respect to reserve lands. We argue that Canadian law both enables First Nations to assert jurisdiction in respect to their lands, yet undermines Indigenous authority in relation to enforcement and intergovernmental status.

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