By Douglas C. Harris
An engrossing historical past, Fish, legislation, and Colonialism recounts the human clash over fish and fishing in British Columbia and of ways that clash was once formed by means of legislations.
Pacific salmon fisheries, owned and controlled by way of Aboriginal peoples, have been remodeled within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries via advertisement and activity fisheries sponsored via the Canadian nation and its legislations. via distinct case stories of the conflicts over fish weirs at the Cowichan and Babine rivers, Douglas Harris describes the evolving felony gear that dispossessed Aboriginal peoples in their fisheries. development upon topics built in literatures on nation legislations and native customized, and legislation and colonialism, he examines the contested nature of the colonial come across at the scale of a river. In doing so, Harris unearths the numerous divisions either inside and among executive departments, neighborhood settler societies, and Aboriginal communities.
Drawing on govt files, statute books, case studies, newspapers, missionary papers and a secondary anthropological literature to discover the roots of the ongoing clash over the salmon fishery, Harris has produced an excellent, and well timed, felony and historic learn of legislation as contested terrain within the criminal trap of Aboriginal salmon fisheries in British Columbia.