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First Nations: ‘Time bomb’ is ticking, new book argues

Warriors at Kanesatake after evicting cops from the territory, 2004.

Warriors at Kanesatake after evicting cops from the territory, 2004.

Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen, Dec 4, 2014

Canada is headed toward a confrontation with its First Nations people that could lead to “coherent civil action” that threatens the country’s economic lifeblood, a new book warns.

Time Bomb, written by Doug Bland, former chair of Defence Management Studies at Queen’s University, argues that the conditions are present for an uprising by First Nations people frustrated by decades of seeing their aspirations ignored by Canadian governments.

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Grim report warns Canada vulnerable to an aboriginal insurrection

John Ivison, National Post, May 1, 2013

Masked warrior on guard at burning car barricade, Burnt Church, NS.

Masked warrior on guard at burning car barricade, Burnt Church, New Brunswick.

Mankind is at a crossroads, Woody Allen once quipped: “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.  The other to total extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

Canada’s relations with its aboriginal people are also at a crossroads but, fortunately, one of the potential paths forward promises a more auspicious outcome than Mr. Allen’s doomsday scenario. Read the rest of this entry