Flanagan on Native Property Rights

24 03 2010

Thomas Flanagan has published a great article in the Globe on restructuring property rights on First Nations communities. I liked how Flanagan distinguished his specific proposal from the famous Dawes General Allotment Act passed by the US Congress in 1887.

The Dawes Act of 1887

The creators of the Dawes Act attempted to use the concept of private property to destroy aboriginal culture. Flanagan makes it clear that his proposal is not aimed at assimilating the First Nations. He just wants to empower them economically.