I don’t have time to formulate my own review right now … suffice it to say I have appreciated the frankness of Widdowson and Howard’s Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry. The questions they ask about aboriginal poverty, its reasons and solutions to it should be asked — even if (especially if) they generate widely disparate answers. The discussion about traditional knowledge and its value to the assessments of the environmental impacts of resource development projects is timely.
Here are a couple of newspaper reviews of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry:
Race and Culture Not the Same (Winnipeg Sun)
Before one assumes this is a “racist” argument, one must understand there is a big difference between race and culture. All societies, including European ones, passed through periods of cultural evolution, which is determined by environmental factors, not biology. At one point, European societies were small, kinship-based societies just like indigenous peoples. Because they lacked surplus food production, First Nation societies did not enjoy the division of labour that European civilizations had at the time and did not have the sophisticated, literate society that grew out of that.
It’s not ‘us’ and them in Canada (Winnipeg Sun)
Non-native advisers exploiting aboriginals: book (Ottawa Citizen)
Leftist couple’s stance on aboriginals leaves them in the cold (National Post)