As the miserable world-wide history of rebellions and insurgencies testify, there are few greater political tragedies than wars waged by societies against themselves. The underlying theme of this book is that such a catastrophic confrontation between Canada's so-called settlers and First Nations communities, fuelled by fundamental prejudices, misunderstandings, Canada's ecomic vulnerabilities, and the rising political power within the First Nations society, make such a First Nations uprising feasible and, in theory, inevitable. This book describes how a nationwide insurgency could unfold, how the usual Canadian police and military reactions to First Nations' protests would only worsen such a situation, and how, on the other hand, invative policies might defuse the smouldering time bomb in our midst. The question Canadian and First Nations citizens will have to decide soon is simply this: Must we all suffer the disaster of a great national insurgency before we act together to extinguish the growing danger in our midst?
Douglas Bland served for thirty years as a senior officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and later as Chair of Defence Studies at Queen's University. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Uprising and numerous books and essays on Canadian and international security affairs. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.