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Reflections on the Second Edition of A National Crime

Cover of the 2017 edition of A National Crime

Thanks to Maddie Knickerbocker, Leah Wiener, Sean Carleton, Stephanie Pettrigew, and, especially, Melissa Shaw for their help with this post. And special thanks to Ariel Gordon at the University of Manitoba Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book!*

 

Several months ago, when the University of Manitoba Press asked me to review the most recent edition of John S. Milloy’s A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986, I was initially hesitant. Not only am I not a specialist in this field, but I kept wondering whether or not we needed another settler review of a book by a settler historian about Indigenous history in Canada. The jury is still out, but, after I finished reading the book, I do have some thoughts I’d like to share.

A quick caveat. This will not be a traditional book review. I may have literally written a guide to doing them, but since this book is nearly 20 years old and has already been reviewed numerous times, what follows is more of a meditation upon reading this book.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of August 6, 2017

Two Inuit girls standing together out side.

Daughters of two fishermen (The girl on the right has been identified as Susie Etok, here aged 14). Circa 1960. Rosemary Gilliat. Library and Archives Canada, e010835968. CC by 2.0.

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 30, 2017

Canadian History Roundup April 30, 2017

Paul Louch, “Bermuda – Trans-Canada Airlines,” 1958. Library and Archives Canada, R1300-1135. Copyright Expired

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of April 16, 2017

Canadian History Roundup April 16, 2017

Marie Claire, April 22 1938. Musée du costume et du textile du Québec, 1516-31. CC BY 2.0

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of March 19, 2017

 

Canadian History Roundup March 19, 2017

White Star Line – Canada’s Call to Women (1920-1930). Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1990-119-1. Public Domain.

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of February 19, 2017

Dorchester Street, Montreal, St. James' Club on the other side of the Portico. 1881-1882. Arthur Elliot. Peter Winkworth Collection. Library and Archives Canada, e000996428. CC by 2.0

Dorchester Street, Montreal, St. James’ Club on the other side of the Portico. 1881-1882. Arthur Elliot. Peter Winkworth Collection. Library and Archives Canada, e000996428. CC by 2.0

 

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2016: A Year (ish) of Canadian History in Review

Year in Review

Welcome to the first annual Unwritten Histories year-end review and our last blog post of 2017! It seems appropriate, given my weekly roundups, that I end the year with a year-long version. I divided this blog post into two parts. First I’ve gathered together a cross-section of important historical events from the world of Canadian history. I tried to select events that were represented and had a nation-wide relevance. Second, I listed some of my favourite reads from the past year.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 23, 2016

Hallowe'en greetings (1900). Toronto Public Library, Special Collections OSB-CARDS-N-148

Hallowe’en greetings (1900). Toronto Public Library, Special Collections OSB-CARDS-N-148 CC by 2.0

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