Shiri Pasternak

Grounded Authority

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State

Published by University of Minnesota Press, 2017

A rare, in-depth critique of federal land claims policy in Canada

From the perspective of Indigenous law and jurisdiction, Shiri Pasternak tells the story of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, in western Quebec, and their tireless resistance to federal land claims policy. A rigorous account of the Algonquins’ incredible struggle, Grounded Authority provides a vital contribution to current debates in the study of colonialism and Indigenous peoples in North America and globally.


Vancouver: June 25, 2017, Native American Studies Association, with Kevin Bruyneel, Nick Estes, Marylynn Poucachiche

Ottawa: June 18, 2017,


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