It’s Bookstravaganza season again, and I have just finished my first book for the season (also conveniently research for my thesis!)
Communities that entered into treaties assumed that the state would protect them from famine and socioeconomic catastrophe, yet in less than a decade the “protections” afforded by treaties became the means by which the state subjugated the treaty Indian population.
Remember when I made a promise to you and also myself that I would use Bookstravaganza to read lighter material than what I study in school? Well ha-ha, fooled you! Fooled myself, also. Turns out when you have a thesis proposal due Monday it’s actually kind of hard to pick up a good old piece of fiction in favour of a demoralizing nonfiction book you would like to include in the proposal bibliography.
I’ve been terribly engrossed, as of late, in the research for my thesis on the subject of cultural genocide in Canada, nevertheless, James Daschuk’s Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life
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