BOOK REVIEW: Finding Dahshaa: Self-Government, Social Suffering, And Aboriginal Policy In Canada – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

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Book review of Finding Dahshaa about self-government, social suffering, and indigenous Aboriginal policy in Canada towards First Nation peoples.


Like other indigenous people of North America, the Aboriginal tribes of Canada have suffered at the hands of European colonizers. Since the late 18th century, European Canadians encouraged the local indigenous people to assimilate into their own, or “Canadian,” culture. During the subsequent centuries, the Canadian government forced Aborigines to assimilate into a Eurocentric society, at times violating the United Nations Genocide Convention . The residential school system that forcibly removed Aborigine children from their homes for placement in Christian-run schools became institutes of stolen culture, abuse, and sexual assault. Moreover, throughout the nation’s history, the Aboriginal people have been displaced from their lands. Despite these historical injustices, current institutional policies, such as providing money in the place of land claims and strong-arm tactics during negotiations, have created a persistent system of social suffering that continuously plagues this minority. In Finding Dahshaa: Self-Government, Social Suffering, and Aboriginal Policy in Canada, researcher and negotiator, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox  presents a thorough, comprehensive examination of Aboriginal practices and negotiations to reveal the issues that hinder satisfactory agreements for indigenous people and a true cure to contemporary social suffering.



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