Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Specialist, Northeastern University Libraries
Aboriginal Policy Studies is a new online multidisciplinary journal providing original, scholarly, and policy research on issues relevant to Métis, non-status Indians, and urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
The journal is published on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform, a journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project. This federally-funded project seeks to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and works as a partnership with Canadian and American institutions.
In his Editor’s Introduction, Chris Andersen notes the need for policy information on Métis became urgent with the creation of the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (OFI). Recently, Canada’s Federal Court ruled 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians in Canada are “Indians” under the Constitution Act. This historic ruling removed the uncertainty of their status and these groups now fall under federal jurisdiction.
Each issue of the journal focuses on these newly-recognized Indian groups, with sections for Articles, Commentary, Book Reviews and Foundational Documents, and the journal’s diverse audience of scholars, community activists and policymakers is reflected in the content. Articles include “Housing and Aboriginal People in Urban Centres: A Quantitative Evaluation,” “Digging Beneath the Surface of Aboriginal Labour Market Development: Analyzing Policy Discourse in the Context of Northern Alberta’s Oil Sands,” and “Transforming Relationships and Accessing Non-Insured Health Benefits Travel Funding to see Traditional Healers from Off-Reserve.”
The OJS platform is open access and easy-to-use. Academic, special and public libraries serving communities with interest in ethnic studies and public policy should link to Aboriginal Policy Studies.