Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Authors

  • Bradley C Hiebert Queen's University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v1i2.51

Keywords:

Indigenous people, First Nations, Great Plains

Abstract

At a time when Indigenous hunger and strife is gaining public attention in Canada, James Daschuk’s book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life provides a necessary glimpse into the issue’s deep-seated roots. Now a professor at University of Regina specializing historical Indigenous research, Daschuk has published a number of works regarding the health of First Nations peoples of the Canadian Plains. Compiled as part of his doctoral research, Clearing the Plains succinctly consolidates a breadth of ostensibly buried Canadian historical literature to reveal the true nature of Canada's Midwest settlement, while depicting monopolization’s devastating effects on marginalized populations in the process.

 

Author Biography

Bradley C Hiebert, Queen's University

Brad is a doctoral student in Health Information Sciences at The University of Western Ontario investigating health and healthy policy in rural Ontario. His Master's research focused on Indigenous food insecurity issues in the Arctic and their coverage by national media. More broadly he is interested in the intersection of healthy policies, dietary behaviour and discourse.

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Published

2014-10-06

How to Cite

Hiebert, B. C. (2014). Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 1(2), 20–22. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v1i2.51