As Long as the Rivers Run: Hydroelectric Development and Native Communities in Western Canada

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Univ. of Manitoba Press, May 14, 2014 - History - 272 pages
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In past treaties, the Aboriginal people of Canada surrendered title to their lands in return for guarantees that their traditional ways of life would be protected. Since the 1950s, governments have reneged on these commitments in order to acquire more land and water for hydroelectric development. James B. Waldram examines this controversial topic through an analysis of the politics of hydroelectric dam construction in the Canadian Northwest, focusing on three Aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He argues that little has changed in our treatment of Aboriginal people in the past hundred years, when their resources are still appropriated by the government “for the common good.” Using archival materials, personal interviews and largely inaccessible documents and letters, Waldram highlights the clear parallel between the treatment of Aboriginal people in the negotiations and agreements that accompany hydro development with the treaty and scrip processes of the past century.
 

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Contents

1 Hydroelectric Development and Native People in Canada
3
2 Treaties Scrip and the Alienation of Native Lands in Western Canada
19
3 Cumberland House and the Squaw Rapids Dam
55
4 Easterville and the Grand Rapids Dam
81
5 South Indian Lake and the Churchill River Diversion Project
115
6 Conclusion
171
Treaty No Five
185
The Forebay Agreement
193
Manitoba Hydros 1969 Compensation Proposal for South Indian Lake
203
Bibliography
205
Notes
213
Index
239
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James B. Waldram is a medical anthropologist at the University of Saskatchewan.

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