Drawing on themes from John MacKenzie's Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires (1997), this book explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It also examines contemporary threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social issues, and the efforts to confront and eliminate these threats to peoples and the environment. It becomes apparent that empire, despite its manifestations of power, cannot control or discipline humans and nature. Essays suggest new ways of looking at the Great Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained within it.
Karl S. Hele, a member of the Garden River First Nation community of Anishinaabeg, is an associate professor and the director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University. He is the editor of Lines Drawn upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands (WLU Press, 2008).
Preface; Introduction: A Meditation on Environmental History; Tricky Medicine: Something Old for Something New; Rediscovering Relationships; Learning to Relate: Environmental & Place-Based Education in Northern Ontario; Bridging Academia & Indigenous Environmental Science: Is It Too Late?; Empire Revisited: The Convenant Chain of Silver, Land Policy, & the Proclamation of 1763 in the Great Lakes Region, 17601800; Lines on the Land: Surveying Townships after the 1790 Treaty; Poisoning the Serpent: The Effects of the Uranium Industry on the Serpent River First Nation, 19531988; Divided Spaces, Divided Stories: Animal Control Programs in Canadas Indigenous Communities; First Nations Diasporas in Canada: A Case of Recognition; Assessing Environmental Health Risks through Collaborative Research & Oral Histories: The Water Quality Issue at Walpole Island First Nation; Landscape & Mindscape Conjoined: The Empire of Nature & the Nature of Empires in the Journals of Ezhaaswe (William A. Elias) (c.18481929); A World of Beauty: The Spirits within Nature in the Writings of Louise Erdrich; Settler Narrative & Indigenous Resistance in The Baldoon Mystery; The Great Indian Bus Tour: Mapping Torontos Urban First Nations Oral Tradition; Index.