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Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember
by Adele Perry
1919 is often recalled as the year of the Winnipeg General Strike, but it was also the year that water from Shoal Lake first flowed in Winnipeg taps. For the Anishinaabe community of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, construction of the aqueduct led to a chain of difficult circumstances that culminated in their isolation on a man-made island where, for almost two decades, they h ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published April 25th 2016 by Arbeiter Ring
(first published 2016)
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I was inspired to read this book after having a conversation with a friend while on Shoal lake. (Pioneer camp) I thought the book, while brief, was informative in re-telling the history that lead up to the building of the aqueduct, the loopholes that were used in order to 'appropriate' land (37,000+ acres) from the people of Shoal lake and how the need for clean water in urban Wpg as well as the racial attitudes at the time played into decisions. Unsettling piece of our history. It matters a lot ...more
Read this in advance of the Winter term for the Women and Gender Studies course called Nature, Culture, Gender - quick read but with a heavy subject matter. Sparse, informative, well-written and extremely informative to this Winnipeg girl. Good choice on the part of the prof! Look forward to discussing this in class, and feel kind of like getting activist-y about this what with all the monument to the Aqueduct's construction so near the Museum of Human Rights... hmmmm