The Comeback

The Comeback

Book - 2014
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Once again, John Ralston Saul presents the story of Canada's past so that we may better understand its present - and imagine a better future.

Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in this impassioned argument, calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples. This, he says, is the great issue of our time - the most important missing piece in the building of Canada. The events that began late in 2012 with the Idle No More movement were not just a rough patch in Aboriginal relations with the rest of Canada. What is happening today between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals is not about guilt or sympathy or failure or romanticization of the past. It is about citizens' rights. It is about rebuilding relationships that were central to the creation of Canada. These relationships are just as important to its continued existence. The centrality of Aboriginal issues and peoples has the potential to open up a more creative way of imagining ourselves and a more honest narrative for Canada.

Wide in scope but piercing in detail, The Comeback presents a powerful portrait of modern Aboriginal life in Canada, in contrast with the perceived failings so often portrayed in politics and in media. Saul illustrates his arguments by compiling a remarkable selection of letters, speeches and writings by Aboriginal leaders and thinkers, showcasing the extraordinarily rich, moving and stable indigenous point of view across the centuries.

Publisher: Toronto :, Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670068739
Branch Call Number: 971.0049 SAU
Characteristics: 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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May 08, 2017

This emotional diatribe is heavy on hyperbole and guilt. The author berates the federal government for betraying its treaty obligations but doesn't enumerate exactly what those commitments were. Several times the author asserts that Canadians must embrace "reconciliation" and then offer "restitution" to aboriginals. Unfortunately, for the reader, Saul never elaborates on the nature of reconciliation nor the form of restitution. His focus is the undeniable injustices of the past rather than a vision of a better future. The book provides brief end notes and an index. The text is riddled with academic jargon. The final 100 pages are transcripts of notable writings by aboriginal leaders.

Dec 28, 2014

Powerful book as to the assertions of First Nation peoples and the wrongs committed against them by the government not respecting treaties and agreements. Good historical background and also timely to 2014.

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