For a book that began as a PhD thesis, the level of success it’s achieved since last year’s release has taken many—even the author—by surprise.
Published in Spring 2013, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life has garnered University of Regina historian James Daschuk both attention and awards. And it was thanks to the latter — he was in town to receive a Governor General’s history prize — that we had the oppoturnity to host an event with James and invite the founder of Media Indigena, Rick Harp, to sit down with him for a one-on-one conversation.
Described as a historical investigation into “the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of Aboriginal people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald’s “National Dream” in the late 1800s, the book details the often nightmarish existence led by first peoples on the plains at the time.
Here is the recording from James Daschuk and Rick Harp's conversation.
More about our partner Media Indigena: http://www.mediaindigena.com/.