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Dammed

The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory

Brittany Luby (author)

ISBN: 9780887559150

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Explores Canada's hydroelectric boom in the Lake of the Woods area. The book complicates narratives of increasing affluence in postwar Canada, revealing that the inverse was true for Indigenous communities along the Winnipeg River.
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Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory explores Canada's hydroelectric boom in the Lake of the Woods area. It complicates narratives of increasing affluence in postwar Canada, revealing that the inverse was true for Indigenous communities along the Winnipeg River.

Dammed makes clear that hydroelectric generating stations were designed to serve settler populations. Governments and developers excluded the Anishinabeg from planning and operations and failed to consider how power production might influence the health and economy of their communities. By so doing, Canada and Ontario thwarted a future that aligned with the terms of treaty, a future in which both settlers and the Anishinabeg might thrive in shared territories.The same hydroelectric development that powered settler communities flooded manomin fields, washed away roads, and compromised fish populations. Anishinaabe families responded creatively to manage the government-sanctioned environmental change and survive the resulting economic loss. Luby reveals these responses to dam development,inviting readers to consider how resistance might be expressed by individuals and families, and across gendered and generational lines. Luby weaves text, testimony, and experience together, grounding this historical work in the territory of her paternal ancestors, lands she calls home. With evidence drawn from archival material, oral history, and environmental observation, Dammed invites readers to confront Canadian colonialism in the twentieth century.
Illustrations 26 illustrations|(2)(2)
Pages 256
Dimensions 152 x 229
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Series Critical Studies in Native History
Subject/s Regional & national history   History of the Americas   Indigenous peoples   Social discrimination   Water industries  
  • Introduction: Looking Out from Anishinaabe Territory
  • Chapter 1 By Water We Inhabit This Place
  • Chapter 2 Rising River, Receding Access
  • Chapter 3 Power Lost and Power Gained
  • Chapter 4 Labouring to Keep the Reserve Alive
  • Chapter 5 Waste Accumulation in a Changed River
  • Chapter 6 Mother Work and Managing Environmental Change
  • Conclusion: So That Our Next Generation Will Know
Brittany Luby is an award-winning historian at the University of Guelph. Her writing - both academic and creative - is intended to draw attention to social inequities in what is now known as Canada and to empower readers to envision alternate futures.

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