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Understanding First Nations: The Legacy of Canadian Colonialism
Ed Whitcomb
Ed Whitcomb / Softcover / 2019-10-01 / 0986596744
Indigenous Peoples / History
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180 pages
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This interesting account offers insight into and explanations about the main issues facing First Nations communities from a historical perspective. It deals with questions often encountered by a non-indigenous populations and attempts to provide background and context, questions such as: So, who are First Nations anyway? Why do they claim so much of Canada? What are the treaties all about and why do we still have an Indian Act? Who is responsible for the alleged mess on the reserves and why isn’t governance working better? Isn’t the residential schools issue far in the past, along with the Sixties Scoop? Why are the prisons full of Indigenous Canadians and why are so many being murdered? What’s the problem with consultations and don’t
we throw enough money at them? Are myths and ignorance getting in the way?

About the Author:

Ed Whitcomb was raised in the white settlement of Oak Lake, Manitoba, 200 km west of Winnipeg, not far from the Dakota Sioux reserve . A passionate historian from an early age, he wrote his first history essay in grade 8, defending Louis Riel and won his first history prize in grade 9. He has a B.A. and an MA from the University of Manitoba, followed by a Ph.D. at the University of London, England, published as Napoleon’s Diplomatic Service by Duke University Press. After teaching European History for six years he made his career as a political and economic analyst in the Canadian Foreign Service and the government’s Intelligence Secretariat. He is the author of 13 history titles.

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