Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life

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 aboriginal 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 First Nations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness to this day.

Title:Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780889772960
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  • Johnny D

    I was infuriated by this book.Infuriated that I managed to make my way all the way through an honours history degree in Canada and still only have a tentative idea of the extent of the Canadian govern...

  • Kimberley Sarich

    Every single Canadian should read this well written and incredibly researched book on the history of our country. Too many extreme actions and uninformed, ignorant decisions resulted in devastating ef...

  • Nick Popull

    The first chapter is pretty heavily academic, but once you get into the book, it really is quite an eye opener into just how the settlement of Canada really was at the expense of the Aboriginals. Real...

  • Peter

    This book opened my eyes to the history of the settlement of the prairies in very important ways. It is a history that looks at colonization and the impacts on Indigenous nations through the lens of h...

  • Catherine

    Every Canadian should read this....

  • Lauren Davis

    While the tone is slightly too academic for the casual reader, the content is so important I hope it will become a standard text in Canadian schools. That this book needed to be written is a shame -- ...

  • Big Al

    ESSENTIAL reading for anyone interested in Canadian history (the kind that you didn't learn in school). This is heavy reading in subject matter and style, but so important...

  • Paul

    Interesting and important story, but writing is too dry and academic....

  • Vontel

    I haven't yet finished the book. Must return to library before requesting it again, since it's on hold. This is an important book for all Canadians (and North Americans) to read as part of understandi...

  • Grazyna Nawrocka

    Although very factual, this book is fascinating to read. I love language, style and presentation. The facts are grim, but I'd recommend this book to any Canadian or immigrant. It shows situation of in...