Smith, Keith

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    [Post-Print] A glimmer of hope: A review of recent works on the relations between Indigenous peoples and settler society
    (University of Toronto Press, 2010) Smith, Keith D.
    Book review of nine titles: "Compact, contract, covenant: Aboriginal treaty-making in Canada" by J.R. Miller (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009); "Home is the hunter: The James Bay Cree and their land" by Hans M. Carlson (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008); "The importance of being monogamous: Marriage and nation building in western Canada to 1915" by Sarah Carter (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press and Athabasca University Press, 2008); "The Indian commissioners: Agents of the state and Indian policy in Canada's prairie west, 1873-1932" by Brian Titley (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2009); "Lament for a First Nation: The Williams Treaties of southern Ontario" by Peggy Blair (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008); "Landing Native fisheries: Indian reserves and fishing rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925" by Douglas C. Harris (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008); "Lines drawn upon the water: First Nations and the Great Lakes borders and borderlands" edited by Karl S. Hele (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008); "Makúk: A new history of Aboriginal-white relations" by John Sutton Lutz (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008); and "The red Indians: An episodic, informal collection of tales from the history of Aboriginal People's struggles in Canada" by Peter Kulchyski (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 2007).
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    Liberalism, surveillance, and resistance: Indigenous communities in western Canada, 1877-1927
    (Athabasca University Press, 2009-05) Smith, Keith D.
    Canada is regularly presented as a country where liberalism has ensured freedom and equality for all. Yet with the expansion of settlers into the First Nations territories that became southern Alberta and BC, liberalism proved to be an exclusionary rather than inclusionary force. Between 1877 and 1927, government officials, police officers, church representatives, ordinary settlers, and many others operated to exclude and reform Indigenous people. Presenting Anglo-Canadian liberal capitalist values and structures and interests as normal, natural, and beyond reproach devalued virtually every aspect of Indigenous cultures. This book explores the means used to facilitate and justify colonization, their effects on Indigenous economic, political, social, and spiritual lives, and how they were resisted.