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.

Winner of the 2017
Canadian Studies Network
Book Prize

Winner, WSPA Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory

Honourable Mention, 
Association & Anthropology, Legal Studies Association Book Prize

Reviews & Press

Nick Estes, Abolition Blog, July 19, 2017 
“‘We can be here another five hundred years’: A Critical Reflection on Shiri Pasternak’s Grounded Authority” 

Nicholas Blomley, Journal of Historical Geography, Feb., 12, 2018 
Review: Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State

Kim Wilson, Canadian Dimension, May 16, 2018
Trees and teargas: Worldviews clash at Barriere Lake

Kevin D. McCartney & Peter de Montmollin, Grounded authority: the Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the state, Social and Cultural Geography, December 2018

Megan Baker, Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State by Shiri Pasternak (Review), American Indian Quarterly, 2019, Vol. 43, No. 3 

Caolan Barr, Book Review: Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State by Shiri Pasternak, Gender, Place & Culture, April 2019

Dawn Hoogeveen, Book Review: Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State by Shiri Pasternak, The Canadian Geographer, 2018, 62(4): 34-35