Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation

by Frances Widdowson, Albert Howard

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Overview

By examining the root causes of aboriginal problems, Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard expose the industry that has grown up around land claim settlements, showing that aboriginal policy development over the past thirty years has been manipulated by non-aboriginal lawyers and consultants. They analyse all the major aboriginal policies, examine issues that have received little critical attention—child care, health care, education, traditional knowledge—and propose the comprehensive government provision of health, education, and housing rather than deficient delivery through Native self-government.

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry presents a convincing argument that the "Aboriginal Industry" has failed to address the fundamental economic and cultural basis of native problems, leading instead to policies that offer a financial benefit to the leadership while entrenching the misery of most aboriginal people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773534216
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Frances Widdowson is a visiting assistant professor of political science, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Albert Howard has worked as a consultant for government and Native groups, and is currently an instructor and D

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LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone with a personal interest in this subject, it is difficult for me to review and reate this book objectively. I am a firm believer in the existence of aboriginal and treaty rights. And I know well that, despite millions of dollars spent by the federal government, many aboriginal people and communities remain marginalized. I know that arguments put forward in this book are not popular, but I think they need to be discussed as part of a broader, ongoing search for ways to allow all Canadians, including aboriginal Canadians, to live meaningful, satisfying lives.