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- DescriptionSaskatchewan's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the forerunner of the NDP, is often remembered for its humanitarian platform and its pioneering social programs. But during the twenty years it governed, it wrought a much less scrutinized legacy in the rthern regions of the province. Until the 1940s, churches, fur traders, and other influential newcomers held firm control over Saskatchewan's rthern region. Following its rise to power in 1944, the CCF made aggressive efforts to unseat these traditional powers and install a new socialist ecomy and society in largely Aboriginal communities. The next two decades brought major changes to the region as well-meaning government planners grossly misjudged the challenges that confronted the rth and failed to implement programs that would meet its needs. Northerners lacked the voice and political clout to determine policies for their half of the province, and the CCF effectively created a colonial apparatus, imposing its own ideas and plans in those communities without consulting residents. While it did ensure that parish priests, bootleggers, and fur sharks longer dominated the rth, it failed to establish a workable alternative. In an elegantly written history that documents the colonial relationship between the CCF and rthern Saskatchewan, David Quiring draws on extensive archival research and oral history to offer a fresh look at the CCF era. This examination will find a welcome audience among historians of the rth, Aboriginal scholars, and general readers interested in Canadian history.
- Author BiographyDavid M. Quiring teaches in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.
- Author(s)David M. Quiring
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Content Note1 map
- Weight617 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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