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Pasternak's book
is based on her
doctoral thesis.

full governance over its land and natural
resources. The band of about 450 members
has sought to get the federal and provincial
governments to honour their commitments
in the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, which
recognized its right to have a decisive say
in the development of a 10,000-sq.-km
section of their almost 17,000-sq.-km territory, and receive a share of revenues from
resource extraction, hydroelectricity and
tourism operations. The Algonquins have
never ceded their territory through a treaty,
yet the Crown refuses to recognize their
inherent jurisdiction over their land.
"Almost immediately after signing the
agreement, the provincial government
ignored the protocols, and the federal government refused to fund it in an effective
way," Pasternak says.
Her interest in land rights was sparked at
14 through a friend who was the stepdaughter of Russell Diabo, a Mohawk policy advisor and prominent Indigenous rights activist. Her conversations with Diabo influenced
her decision to study Indigenous issues as
a student, and then as an academic, first at
Trent University and, since July, at Ryerson,
where she teaches in the Indigenous justice
stream. She is currently a principal investigator in a SSHRC-funded study on how First
Nations communities can leverage their
underlying title in defence of their lands and
the encroachment of the resource sector.
After Diabo introduced Pasternak to the
Algonquins of Barriere Lake she co-founded
Barriere Lake Solidarity, a network of
supports outside of the region. In 2009,
Paster na k sta r ted w r it i ng Groun ded
Authority, in which she chronicles attempts
by those in power to delegitimize land
negotiations and terrorize the Algonquins
through police brutality and false accusations of child sex abuse, financial misconduct and political corruption. Recently,
after 26 years of fighting, the band achieved
a breakthrough with the province, which has
agreed to honour the Trilateral Agreement
(laying the groundwork for co-operative
development of an integrated management
plan for the region), but still can't make
headway with the federal government.
"There is a real lack of political will among
the federal Liberals to make meaningful
changes in Indigenous communities,"
Pasternak says. "But the Algonquins of
Barriere can wait out any number of governments because of the strength of their
community, which continues to be passed
down from one generation to the next."
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