The Burden of History

Author(s): Elizabeth Furniss

Synopsis: Concerns over Aboriginal treaties and their impact on the forest industry and the survival of the forestry-department towns have resulted in increasingly tense relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents of the interior British Columbia communities. In this ethnographic case study of Williams Lake, Elizabeth Furniss looks at the roots of social conflicts and examines how to prevent colonial assumptions of history, identity, and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations affect the lives of all area residents.

While focused on Williams Lake, this book has a much broader relevance and throws light on current debates about Aboriginal and settler understandings of history, the legitimacy of aboriginal claims, and the place of Aboriginal people in Canadian society.



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