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Time Bomb
Canada and the First Nations
By (author): Douglas L. Bland Foreword by: Bonnie Butlin
9781459727878 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism Canada Nov 29, 2014
$19.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.56 in 232 pages Dundurn A J. Patrick Boyer Book

A look at how a major confrontation between Canada and the First Nations could erupt, and how it might be prevented.

There are few greater tragedies than a war waged by a society against itself. As Time Bomb shows, a catastrophic confrontation between Canada’s so-called “settler” and First Nations communities is not only feasible, it is, in theory, inevitable. Grievances, prejudice, and other factors all combine to make the likelihood of a First Nations uprising very real.

Time Bomb describes how a nationwide insurgency could unfold, how the "usual" police and military reactions to First Nations protests would only worsen such a situation, and how, on the other hand, innovative policies might defuse the smouldering time bomb in our midst.

The question all Canadians and First Nations must answer is this: Must we all suffer the disaster of a great national insurgency or will we act together to extinguish the growing danger in our midst?

Douglas Bland served for thirty years as a senior officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and later as Chair of Defence Studies at Queen's University. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Uprising and numerous books and essays on Canadian and international security affairs. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Time Bomb is a vital wake-up call. Bland highlights the importance of understanding the social and economic foundations of the current unease between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and provides constructive guidance for both alike on how to turn the current uneasy relationship into a more stable, mutually-beneficial, and sustainable partnership. With rare clarity and avoiding inflated rhetoric, Doug Bland reminds us that we make the future that lies ahead of us. - Ken Coates, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute; Canada Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan

Bland’s examination of the problem, the players, the obstacles, and the stakes make Time Bomb an important read for all Canadians and also an educational read for others. - Evilcyclist Blog

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