This is another book about the aboriginals and how they seem to be a hidden people. I wanted to spend part of this year reading as many books about the plight of the aboriginals as possible. And this book is just one more attempt to do so.
This is book is quite informative as well. It is sad to learn how undervalued and kept hidden aboriginals have been. They have so many talents and treasures contained in their tribe to really want to explore them more. Thank goodness that authors are actually becoming increasingly interested in the aboriginals.
It is so wonderful to learn that the results of the last two decades of work on Aboriginal history is slowly starting to find tis way into Canadian history texts. There is not a general recognition that Aboriginal Peoples have been present in Canada since Confederation, that the treaties were important (though they are not seen as central) to Canada being what it is, and that the Canadian state has treated Aboriginal Peoples unfairly, with a high degree of dishonesty and ill will.
It is hopeful that as Aboriginal history becomes more prominent in overall Canadian history, the beliefs of the pat can be overcome. Yet at this time, it is still important to deal with the continuing legacy of the Indian problem.
This book should inspire and inform all of us to do more to accept the Aboriginals among us.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth