"Copyright 1989 Assembly of First Nations. Published by Summerhill Press Ltd. .. Toronto .. Distributed by University of Toronto Press". -- verso of t.-p.
"The front pages of the nation's newspapers have never been the same since June, 1987, when the Assembly of First Nations decided upon a confrontational course of direct action. All across the country, Indian bands have taken to blockading roads, setting up picket lines and occupying government-held properties in an attempt to publicize their disputes and to get governments to respond. In [this book] prominent native leaders and editor Boyce Richardson tell the history of the relations between eight Indian bands and the Canadian federal and provincial governments. These are histories of betrayal, double dealing, and racism, and finally, of the native peoples' rising anger and determination to claim what has been denied them, and to forge a new and powerful role in Canadian society". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction: Twenty Years of Disappointed Hopes / Georges Erasmus -- The Innu of Ungava: David Confronts Goliath: The Innu of Ungava versus the NATO Alliance / Daniel Ashini -- The Mi'kmaq: The Covenant Chain / Donald Marshall, Sr. Alexander Denny and Putus Simon Marshall -- Akwesasne: An Unbroken Assertion of Sovereignty / Michael Mitchell -- Algonquins North of the Ottawa: Our Long Battle to Create a Sustainable Future / Jean-Maurice Matchwan -- Algonquins South of the Ottawa: 200 Years of Broken Promises / Greg Sarazin -- Teme-Augama Anishnabai: Last-Ditch Defence of a Priceless Homeland / Gary Potts -- The Lubicon of Northern Alberta: Wrestling with the Canadian System: A Decade of Lubicon Frustration / Boyce Richardson -- Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en: Unflinching Resistance to an Implacable Invader / N.J. Sterritt -- Epilogue: The Solution We Favour for Change / Georges Erasmus.
Contents: Preface / Diane Engelstand -- Introduction / John Bird -- Canadian History : An Aboriginal Perspective / Georges Erasmus and Joe Sanders -- The Basic Dilemma : Sovereignty or Assimilation / Tim Schouls, John Olthuis and Diane Engelstad -- Calling Creation into our Family / Stan McKay -- The Land is the Boss : How Stewardship can Bring Us Together / Gary Potts -- Culture and Sovereignty / Joanne Barnaby -- Political Self-sufficiency / Michael Asch -- Aboriginal Women and Self-government / Bernice Hammersmith -- Specific Claims Policy : Too Little Too Late / Roger Townshend -- Comprehensive Claims : One Step Forward, Two Steps Back / Murray Angus -- Resorting to Court : Can the Judiciary Deliver Justice for First Nations ? / Patrick Macklem -- Self-Determination and the Criminal Justice System / Len Sawatsky -- Rebuilding Community after the Residential School Experience / Maggie Hodgson -- The Indian Agent System and Our Move to Self-Government / Burton Jacobs -- Nitassinan : Caribou and F-16s / Napes Ashini -- Nitassinan : Nation to Nation / Peter Penashue -- Regaining Control at Fort Good Hope / Fort Good Hope Community Council -- Ingenika Point : No More Riverboats / Waldemar Braul -- -- From Cedar Lake to Easterville : Mourning for What My People Lost / Elsie Fiddler -- Kanesatake : The Summer of 1990 / Ellen Gabriel -- Fighting Back / Loran Thompson -- Walpole Island : Sustainable Development / Dean Jacobs -- Walpole Island in 2005 : A View from the Future / Nin.da.waab.jig, Walpole Island Heritage Centre -- Growing Together from the Earth / Gary Potts -- Thoughts and Reflections / Ethel Fuhr -- Stewardship and Solidarity / John Olthuis -- "Are You Willing to Listen ?" / Rene Fumoleau -- Bibles and Blockades / Lorraine Land -- Oka : 1990 and Beyond / Lois Cape -- Native Issues as a Point of Entry / Murray Angus -- Afterword : The Path Ahead / Tim Schouls.