From exploited lands and broken and ignored treaties to forced dislocations and residential schools, the history of Canada's dealings with the native peoples who share its land is a terrible one. Journalist Geoffrey York's The Dispossessed is a classic pre-Oka Crisis survey of that bitter legacy.
Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 4th 2000 by HarperCollins Canada
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A few things stand out from this book. A lot of the stuff I already knew was pretty shocking when I learned it the first time; Geoffrey York's a Globe and Mail reporter (currently Africa Bureau Chief), and the mass of other writing this good I've read like this, has been in the G&M. If you don't know the history, pick this book up; all the water-borne illnesses and impossibly bad housing that gained Indian Affairs the admiration of South Africa's National Party and the ire of Desmond Tutu.