This Land Is Not For Sale

McCullum, Karmel; McCullum, Hugh
Publisher:  Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1976  
Pages:  285pp   Price:  $3.95  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX14

Examination of Native land claims and development in Canada's north.

Abstract:  This is probably the most up-to-date examination of Native land claims and development in Canada's north yet written. Designed for the "interested" but not necessarily "informed" Canadian, it is written in an easily-read style that examines the moral and ethical issues of one of Canada's most crucial matters.

The authors are experienced and widely travelled northern observers who know the people and the issues through their involvement as staff co-ordinators of the Interchurch Project on Northern Development (Project North).

The book is described as "tough but sensitive book that leaves no doubt about the neglect and oppression and our part in it."

It examines the background to Native and Northern Affairs from the Royal Proclamation of 1763 through to the present, the so-called "energy crisis" that has rapidly expanded northern exploration, the role of the federal government and the two most recent land claim settlements in James Bay and Alaska.

This sets a stage of paternalism and benign indifference that the authors use to expose four major areas of Northern Development --Yukon, Northern Manitoba, Northwestern B.C., and the Northwest Territories-- as areas of urgent pressure on Native people.

Chapter nine looks at the churches in a critical fashion as a part of the problem and a part of the solution. In the final chapter, the two writers suggest some alternatives and challenges that face the people of Southern Canada and their northern brothers and sisters if justice is to be done in this country.

The book is a joint publishing venture of the Anglican, United and Roman Catholic churches.

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