Conversations With A Dead Man

Conversations With A Dead Man

The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott

Book - 2013
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As a poet and citizen deeply concerned by the Oka Crisis, the Idle No More protests and Canada's ongoing failure to resolve First Nations issues, Montreal author Mark Abley has long been haunted by the figure of Duncan CampbellScott, known both as the architect of Canada's most destructive Aboriginal policies and as one of the nation's major poets. Who was this enigmatic figure who could compose a sonnet to an "Onondaga Madonna" one moment and promote a "final solution" to the "Indian problem" the next?

In this passionate, intelligent and highly readable enquiry into the state of Canada's troubled Aboriginal relations, Abley alternates between analysis of current events and an imagined debate with the spirit of Duncan Campbell Scott, whose defence of the Indian Residential School and belief in assimilation illuminatethe historical roots underlying today's First Nations' struggles.

Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre, c2013.
ISBN: 9781553656098
Branch Call Number: 921 SCOTT-A
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill.


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Jul 06, 2015

This is a very important book. Every Canadian should read it and will, with Abley's engaging style, find it easy to do so. Every Canadian, whether a new immigrant or multi-generation of Anglo stock, needs to understand the racist attitudes (both overt and covert) and the policies they spawned because their impact lives on. We have a lot of work to do--now.
Jeanette Taylor

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