Impasse Between First Nations And The Rest Of Canadians Could Lead To Insurgency

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A Canadian solider and First Nations protester face off at the Kahnesatake reserve in Oka, Que., in September 1990. A Canadian solider and First Nations protester face off at the Kahnesatake reserve in Oka, Que., in September 1990.

By: Joseph Hnatiuk | Winnipeg Free Press

It may only have pocket-book dimensions and is relatively brief, but this fearsomel titled little book may be helpful in avoiding a catastrophic social upheaval.

According to its author, a former lieutenant-colonel with a 30-year military career in Canada’s Armed Forces and past chair of the defence studies program at Queens University, the book was intended to be “a fact-based essay… meant to serve as a barometer warning of stormy days.”

Minor editing oversights and unnecessary hyperbole detract from an otherwise lucid and scholarly examination of the racial impasse between Canada’s indigenous population — especially First Nations people — and mainstream society.

Using data obtained from Oxford-based economist Paul Collier’s analyses of civil wars and from Rand Corporation’s studies of dysfunctional societies, Bland effectively defends the…

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