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Valley of the Birdtail : an Indian reserve, a White town, and the road to reconciliation  Cover Image Book Book

Valley of the Birdtail : an Indian reserve, a White town, and the road to reconciliation / Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii).


"A heartrending true story about racial injustice, residential schools and a path forward. Divided by a beautiful valley and 150 years of racism, the Waywayseecappo reserve and the town of Rossburn have been neighbours nearly as long as Canada has been a country. Their story reflects much of what has gone wrong in relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. It also offers, in the end, an uncommon measure of hope. In the town of Rossburn, once settled by Ukrainian immigrants, the average family income is near the national average and more than a third of adults have graduated from university. By contrast, the average family on the Waywayseecappo reserve lives below the national poverty line and less than a third of adults have graduated from high school, with many living in the shadow of the residential school system. Valley of the Birdtail is about how these two communities became separate and unequal--and what it means for the rest of us. The book follows multiple generations of two families and weaves their experiences within the larger story of Canada. It is a story with villains and heroes, irony and idealism, racism and reconciliation. A story with the ambition to change the way people think about Canada's past, present, and future."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781443466301
  • ISBN: 1443466301
  • Physical Description: xv, 368 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-358) and index (pages 359-368).
Formatted Contents Note:
Masters of their own destiny -- The cunning of the white man -- Sifton's pets -- Partnership.
Subject: First Nations > Manitoba > Social conditions.
First Nations > Manitoba > Economic conditions.
Indigenous peoples > Canada > Social conditions.
Indigenous peoples > Canada > Economic conditions.
Rossburn (Man.) > Social conditions.
Rossburn (Man.) > Economic conditions.
Manitoba > Race relations > History.
Manitoba > Ethnic relations > History.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Legislative Building HN 110 .M35 Sni (Text) 36970100388158 General Collection Volume hold Checked out 2023-05-23

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