Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Winter 2011


Great Plains Research 21.1 (2011), p 119


© 2011 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


This edited volume argues that a race/culture binary lies at the heart of Canada's ongoing relationship with the descendants of the country's First Peoples. In looking at the service professions, editors Carol Schick and James McNinch trouble taken-for-granted assumptions based upon racial, cultural, and ethnic difference, arguing that representations of Indigenous peoples as culturally inferior, a trope that has replaced the idea of biological inferiority, is highly instrumental in the social positioning and unequal power relations that exists today in Canadian society. In turn, the editors tie this discussion back to Canada's colonial history and the social, material, and ideological conditions produced in previous eras.