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Witness to the Human Rights Tribunals


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Foreword / Sharon Venne-ManyfingersIntroductionPart 1: Anthropology and Law1 My Life in Anthropology and Law2 Symbolic Violence, Trauma, and Human Rights3 Thinning the Evidence, Discrediting the Expert Witness4 Entering Evidence in an Adversarial System5 Anthropologists versus LawyersPart 2: The Tribunal6 The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal7 McCue v. University of British Columbia8 Menzies v. Vancouver Police DepartmentConclusionCaselaw and Legal Materials; References; Index

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Witness to the Human Rights Tribunals offers a behind-the-scenes account of the difficulties facing Indigenous people in human rights tribunals, and the struggles of experts to keep their own testimony from being undermined.

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Bruce Granville Miller is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He has served as an expert witness in numerous human rights tribunal cases and his work with Indigenous communities in the context of presenting oral history has been particularly instrumental. Among his many publications are Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts and "Be of Good Mind": Essays on the Coast Salish.


"A finely grained methodological tour de force, Witness to the Human Rights Tribunals brilliantly details the distance between Indigenous people's concerns and the capacity of the judicial system to redress wrongs."-- "Larry Nesper, author of The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights"

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