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Here we explore the fundamental idea that Canada is not a constitutional monarchy, as the Confederation story and the folks in Ottawa would have us believe, but, in fact, a treatied democracy.
The story of Canada as a constitutional monarchy has its roots in the British constitutional tradition. When the British set up shop in Canada in the nineteenth century, and claimed all of Canada for themselves, they chose to overlook the Nations of Indigenous Peoples when they outlined their constitutional claims.
The idea that Canada is a treatied democracy recognizes the foundational role and legal status of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian consitutional story.