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Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds: The Media and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff

Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds: The Media and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff

by Sandra Lambertus


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ISBN-13: 9780802085511
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 01/17/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Sandra Lambertus teaches Anthropology at Grant MacEwan College.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesix
Map of Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia, and Surrounding Areaxxi
The Media, Law Enforcement, and Aboriginal Peoples4
History of Aboriginal Disputes in Canada5
Media Representation of Aboriginal Peoples9
Canadian Studies of Media and Aboriginal Resistance11
Organization of the Book20
1Serious Red Alert23
RCMP Media Relations Program23
Media and RCMP Relations25
Early Beginnings of the Conflict at Gustafsen Lake27
Shooting Incident at Lac La Hache36
Disagreements between the Camp and the Local Native Communities37
Insider versus Outsider Perspectives44
2Media Circus47
Williams Lake Press Conference48
Media Converge at 100 Mile House50
Journalists and the People at the Camp53
Media Coverage of Ovide Mercredi, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations57
Closing off the Camp to the Media60
Interpretations of the Barricades and Closing off Camp Communications63
The Barricades and the Media Characterizations67
3Show of Force73
Shooting Episode: The Flak Jacket Incident74
Off-the-Record Meeting76
Creation of a Media Celebrity80
Coverage of the Attack on the RCMP Suburban85
Media Witnessing the Arrival of Armoured Personnel Carriers87
Press Conferences at 100 Mile House90
RCMP Confiscation of CBC Television Videotapes94
Media and the Meeting at Alkali Lake96
Inclusion of Native Intermediaries98
Relations of Power in the Exchange of Information100
4Out of Control104
Preamble to the Firefight105
Interpretation of the RCMP Wescam Recording106
The Press Conference108
Comparative Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of the Firefight109
Issue of Corrections113
Release of Criminal Records117
Smear Campaign121
Walker Incident123
Information Control and Media Stereotyping126
CBC Radio Announcement of the Surrender Message130
Media Tours of Camp Zulu137
Media Coverage of the End of the Standoff140
Media Tour of the Camp143
6Terms of Engagement149
Stereotyping in Media Products150
Stereotype Labels in Newspaper Stories156
Labelling in Canadian Press News Stories160
Audience Responses to the Media Characterizations163
Local Audiences169
Local Media173
Image Management by Local Native and Non-Native Communities175
A Question of Harm178
7Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds180
A Structural Approach to the Study of Media181
Macro-Level Structural Elements Influencing the Media Coverage183
Wartime Images, Peacetime Wounds192
Public Policy and the Media193
Public Policy and RCMP Media Relations195
Epilogue: Since the Gustafsen Lake Standoff199
Concluding Remarks201
1Chronology of the 1995 Gustafsen Lake Standoff203
3History of Aboriginal Disputes in Canada206
4Excerpts from RCMP Operational Manual II.16 Media/RCMP Relations209
5Toronto Globe and Mail Account of the 11 September 1995 Firefight210
6Vancouver Sun Account of the 11 September 1995 Firefight213
7Excerpt from RCMP (Unclassified Memo) 1 September 1995217

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