International Historian, Scholar and Educator.

Native-Newcomer Relations

I maintain a strong interest in the evolving relationships among First Nations, Inuit and Métis and the governments and peoples of Canada.  This is indeed a field which has grown dramatically in the last decade, and affords the potential for lively debate and direct policy relevance.  Given that the Aboriginal population is increasing considerably, with 47% of the roughly 1.2 million under the age of 25 years, issues within this genre will continue to have significance and impact in the future.

I am currently working on a specific project with Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer assessing the roles, experiences and policy evolution of the Canadian Forces in confrontations with Aboriginal people.  The main case studies are: Operation UNIQUE: Goose Bay (1989); Operation FEATHER/AKWESASNE: Akwesasne (1990); Operation SALON: Kanesatake and Kahnawake (1990); Operation CAMPUS/SCORPION-SAXON: Akwesasne, Kahnawake and Kanesatake (1994); Operations MAPLE and PANDA: Ipperwash/Stony Point (1995) and Operation WALLABY: Gustafsen Lake (1995).  Canadian Forces Domestic Operations legislations, such as Aid to the Civil Power, will also be investigated, as will other occurrences such as Burnt Church, Caledonia/Six Nations and Tyendinaga.  We have accumulated many boxes of material through Access to Information, and we hope to complete a book on the subject by early 2011.

I am also writing two chapters, “Your Home on Native Land?: Conflict and Controversy at Caledonia and the Six Nations of the Grand River” and “The Domino Effect: Akwesasne and the Mohawk Warriors” for an edited volume by Yale D. Belanger and P. Whitney Lackenbauer entitled Blockades or Breakthroughs?: Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1970-2010.  This manuscript will be submitted to a leading university press by the end of 2010.

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