This book is about hunting and hunters -- a fundamental but understudied aspect of Canadian history, culture, and society. The Culture of Hunting in Canada presents a wide range of essays by practitioners as well as scholars of hunting, and from lobbyists both for and against hunters.The essays collected here highlight important events and issues -- both historic and contemporary -- regarding the culture and practice of hunting. Topics addressed include hunting identities; conservation and its relationship to hunting; tensions between hunters and non-hunters and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal hunting groups; debates over hunting practices and regulations; animal rights; and gun control. Discussion of these topics includes consideration of their social, political, and economic contexts as well as class and racial tensions between sport hunters and subsistence hunters. It covers events from the early colonial period until the present day and from all parts of Canada.
Jean L. Manore teaches history at Bishop's University. Dale G. Miner is a partner in a research consulting business. For many years, he has also been a canoe-trip and hunting guide and a long-time advocate of hunting and hunters' rights. Contributors include Louis Bird and Roland Bohr; J. Alexander Burnett; David Calverley; Leigh Clarke; Kenneth Coates; Greg Gillespie; Edward Hanna; Bruce W. Hodgins; Peter Kulchyski; Jason E. McCutcheon; Edward Reid; Mark Simpson; Robert Sopuck; Tim Sopuck; and Simon Wallace.
Illustrations Preface Introduction Part 1: Hunting and Identity 1 Why I Hunt / Leigh Clarke 2 Learning to Hunt at the Age of Twenty-Seven: A New Hunter's Views on Hunting / Jason E. McCutcheon 3 Hunting with Dad / Robert Sopuck 4 Hunting Stories / Peter Kulchyski 5 The Empire's Eden: British Hunters, Travel Writing, and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century Canada / Greg Gillespie 6 Powers of Liveness: Reading Hornaday's Camp-Fires / Mark Simpson Part 2: Hunting and Conservation in History 7 Views of a Swampy-Cree Elder on the Spiritual Relationship between Hunters and Animals / Louis Bird and Roland Bohr 8 "When the Need for It No Longer Existed": Declining Wildlife and Native Hunting Rights in Ontario, 1791-1898 / David Calverley 9 Contested Terrains of Space and Place: Hunting and the Landscape Known as Algonquin Park, 1890-1950 / Jean L. Manore 10 The Sinews of Their Lives: First Nations' Access to Resources in the Yukon, 1890-1950 / Kenneth Coates 11 The Canadian Wildlife Service: Enforcing Federal Wildlife Regulations / J. Alexander Burnett Part 3: Hunting and Contemporary Challenges 12 Aboriginal Peoples and Their Historic Right to Hunt: A Reasonable Symbiotic Relationship / Bruce W. Hodgins 13 Personal Expression as Exemplified by Hunting: One Man's View / Edward Reid 14 Gun Control in Canada / Simon Wallace 15 A Hunter's Perspective on Gun Control in Canada / Dale Miner 16 The Activists Move West: Recent Experiences in Manitoba / Tim Sopuck 17 Fair Chase: To Where Does It Lead? / Edward Hanna Conclusion Contributors Index