Clearing the Plains

Clearing the Plains

Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

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The award-winning book about how Canada's first prime minister starved Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of nationhood

Revealing how Canada's first Prime Minister used a policy of starvation against Indigenous people to clear the way for settlement, the multiple award-winning Clearing the Plains sparked widespread debate about genocide in Canada.
In arresting, but harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics--the politics of ethnocide--played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of Indigenous people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald's "National Dream."

It was a dream that came at great expense: the present disparity in health and economic well-being between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness to this day.

This new edition of Clearing the Plains has a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Elizabeth Fenn, an opening by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and explanations of the book's influence by leading Canadian historians. Called "one of the most important books of the twenty-first century" by the Literary Review of Canada, it was named a "Book of the Year" by The Globe and Mail , Quill & Quire , the Writers' Trust, and won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, among many others.

Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada : U of R Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780889772960
Branch Call Number: 970.412 D22c
Characteristics: xxii, 318 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm


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Daschuk writes about how the effects of colonization have all but cleared out Indigenous people and left survivors dealing with tragic circumstances.

Longlisted: 2013 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

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Jun 20, 2014

A travesty of scholarship. And that's being kind. Its focus on health issues ensures a one sided bias. Revisionism? Maybe. Implications of genocide are at minimum, far-fetched. Though is does emphasize differenceds between the interactions of natives in South America, USA and Here in Canada. We come out, not matter what, as far and ahead more decent, moral. But, anyone reading this loses the vibrancy, inventivesness, the spirit, to complexity and the toughness of the Canadiennes. Anyone really interested in truth:
"Adventurers in the New World" by george Hebert Germain; and "The Metis in the Canadian West' by Marcel Giraud (translated by George Woodcock). These are French Canadian works; something a format the author of this swork neglected to resesarch.

frogmarch Feb 22, 2014

Very frightening reading but essential to understanding the conditions of First Nations People today.
Fin MacDonald

plivas13 Feb 06, 2014

A Very Important Book.

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