Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:1 (February 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Aboriginal peoples have received unprecedented attention in Canada in the last five years. Violent confrontations and constitutional negotiations have combined to remind non-Native Canadians that the land they now call theirs was once defined and controlled by a wide variety of vibrant and creative Aboriginal groups. This new awareness has meant that many people have attempted to look beyond the headlines and sound-bites to understand the fundamental importance of the Aboriginal land question in Canadian history. Political scientist Paul Tennant's Aboriginal Peoples and Politics is a welcome contribution to this ongoing dialogue and provides many answers for those who wish to place contemporary events in a historical context.