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The book “Clearing the Plains” of 2013 by James Daschuk’s supplies with a rich
amount of economic, ecological and political systems that have given rise to the imbalance in
between the Indigenous people of Plains and the non-Indigenous Canadians. Daschuk has
addressed the distortions in the prevailing literature, which ascribes the uncertain and
insecure position of the indigenous people of Canada to the cultural attributes of the
indigenous people themselves. By challenging these approaches, Daschuk has described the
long history of the indigenous people as the one which is characterised by the fight in the face
of starvation infectious diseases, displacement and defeat by the settled population.
The entire book is supported by historical, archaeological and other empirical
evidences. It comprises of a total of nine chapters and each of them are traversing a theme
that discloses the ecological and historical forerunner which give birth to the current
difficulties of the indigenous people in Canada. The first part of the story covers up to the
acquisition of Canada of the Rupert’s land in the year 1870. It outlines the way smallpox and
the other diseases of those times were spread by means of fur trade networks. It was a really
devastating time for some of the people living there, but for some, it brought a golden
territorial and economic opportunities. The Anishinabe tribe expanded their participation in
the fur trade onto the Plains. As per Daschuk, the growth and development of wider
transportation network, increased the economic development. With the same, the takeover of
the Indigenous lands by the Europeans then became the elements for the widespread growth
of diseases like tuberculosis, small pox and measles, which altogether accelerated a dramatic
drop in the well-being and health of First Nations people of Plains(Daschuk, 2013).
In the second half of the book, Daschuk has explored the growing presence of the
Canadian State on the Plains. The leaders of the first nation wanted to formalise the
relationship of theirs with the crown by means of treaty that theyimagined as a bridge to a
future that is bison-less- the future that require a more difficult transition to farming(Daschuk,
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