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Oral history on trial : recognizing aboriginal narratives in the courts

Author: Bruce Granville Miller
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In most English-speaking countries, including Canada, 'black letter law'--text-based, firmly entrenched law--is the legal standard upon which judicial decisions are made. Within this tradition, courts are forbidden from considering hearsay--testimony based on what witnesses have heard from others. Such an interdiction presents significant difficulties for Aboriginal plaintiffs who rely on oral rather than written
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Granville Miller
ISBN: 9780774820707 0774820705 9780774820714 0774820713
OCLC Number: 695978696
Awards: Joint winner of K.D. Srivastava Prize 2012 (Canada)
Description: 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Issues in Law and Social Science --
The Social Life of Oral Narratives --
Aboriginal and Other Perspectives --
Court and Crown --
The Way Forward? An Anthropological View.
Responsibility: Bruce Granville Miller.

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This compelling analysis of Aboriginal, legal, and anthropological concepts of fact and evidence argues for the inclusion of Aboriginal oral histories in Canadian courts, and pushes for a  Read more...

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Oral History on Trial is a long overdue and important book with huge potential to shift the debates concerning the role of Indigenous oral histories and their narrators in the Canadian courts and Read more...

 
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