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White settler reserve : New Iceland and the colonization of the Canadian West / Ryan Eyford.

Eyford, Ryan, 1978- (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Legislative Library.

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Legislative Library, Vaughan Street FC 3217.4 Eyf (Text) 36970100000464 General Collection Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780774831581 (hardback : acid-free paper)
  • Physical Description: xii, 259 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-247) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Northern Dreamlands : Canadian Expansionism and Icelandic Migration -- Broken Townships : Colonization Reserves and the Dominion Lands System -- The First New Icelanders : Family Migration and the Formation of a Reserve Community -- Quarantined within a New Order : Smallpox and the Spatial Practices of Colonization -- "Principal Projector of the Colony" : The Turbulent Career of John Taylor, Icelandic Agent -- Becoming British Subjects : Municipal Government and Citizenship -- "Freemen Serving No Overlord" : Debt, Self-Reliance, and Liberty.
Summary, etc.:
"In 1875, the Canadian government created a reserve for Icelandic immigrants on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipeg. Hoping for a better life in Canada, many of the New Iceland colonists found only hardship, disappointment, or death. Those who survived scurvy and smallpox faced crop failure, internal dissension, and severe flooding that nearly ended the project only six years after it had begun.This innovative book looks beyond the experiences of these Icelandic immigrants to understand the context into which their reserve fits within the history of settler colonialism. Ryan Eyford reveals that the timing and location of the Icelandic settlement was not accidental. New Iceland was one of several land reserves created for Europeans by the Canadian government in the late nineteenth century. Canadian leaders hoped that group settlements of immigrants on Indigenous lands would help realize their ambitious plans for western expansion. By juxtaposing the Icelanders' experiences with those of the Cree, Ojibwe, and Metis people they displaced, Eyford makes clear the connections between immigrant resettlement and Indigenous displacement. By analyzing themes such as race, land, health, and governance, he draws out the tensions that punctuated the process of colonization in western Canada and situates the region within the global history of colonialism"--Publisher description.
Subject: Icelanders > Canada, Western > History > 19th century.
Immigrants > Canada, Western > History > 19th century.
Pioneers > Canada, Western > History > 19th century.
Land settlement > Canada, Western > History > 19th century.
Frontier and pioneer life > Canada, Western.
Indians of North America > Land tenure > Canada, Western > History > 19th century.
Canada, Western > Colonization > History > 19th century.
Canada, Western > Ethnic relations > History > 19th century.
Canada > Territorial expansion > History > 19th century.

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