The story of the expansion of civilization into the wilderness continues to shape perceptions of how Aboriginal people became part of nations such as Canada. Patricia McCormack subverts this narrative of modernity by examining nation building from the perspective of a northern community and its residents. Fort Chipewyan, she argues, was never an isolated Aboriginal community but a plural society at the crossroads of global, national, and local forces. By tracing the events that led its Aboriginal residents to sign Treaty No. 8 and their struggle to maintain autonomy thereafter, this groundbreaking study shows that Aboriginal peoples and others can and have become modern without relinquishing cherished beliefs and practices.strong Scottish element quite different from the Englishness of the home country. ... a form of moral regulation and cultural revolution that Corrigan and Sayer consider essential to state formation (1985:2, 4; Gellner ... them to be the same children now able to read, write and speak English and Frencha (EB, aFrom the Far North, a 28 June 1897:3). ... they are to be equipped with merely sufficient education to fear God, honor the King, and respect the laws of the countrya ( Report, 7 Nov.
|Title||:||Fort Chipewyan and the Shaping of Canadian History, 1788-1920s|
|Author||:||Patricia A. McCormack|
|Publisher||:||UBC Press - 2011-01-01|