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  #IdleNoMore
Idle No More bewildered many Canadians. Launched by four women in Saskatchewan in reaction to a federal omnibus budget bill, the protest became the most powerful demonstration of Aboriginal identity in Canadian history. Thousands of Aboriginal people and their supporters took to the streets, shopping malls, and other venues, drumming, dancing and singing in a collective voice. It was a protest against generations of injustice, a rallying cry for cultural survival, and a reassertion of Aboriginal identity. Idle No More lasted for almost a year, and then the rallies dissipated. Many observers described it as a spent force. It was anything but. Idle No More was the most profound declaration of Indigenous identity and confidence in Canadian history, sparked by Aboriginal women and their supporters, sustained by young Indigenous peoples, filled with pride and determination. When the drums slowed, a new and different Canada was left in its wake. Partially stunned by the peaceful celebrations, but perplexed by a movement that seemed to have no centre and no leaders, most Canadians missed the point. Through Idle No More Aboriginal people have declared that they are a vital and necessary part of Canada’s future. The spirit of the drumming, singing and dancing lives on in empowered and confident young Aboriginal people who will shape the future of this country for decades to come.
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  Cloud-Capped Towers
Arranged alphabetically, Cloud-Capped Towers can be explored for brief histories, interviews with intentional communitarians, and notes on utopianism in Saskatchewan literature.
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  False Expectations: Politics and the Pursuit of the Saskatchewan Myth
The challenge for the public dialogue of Saskatchewan, as the province enters its second century, is to not replay the mistakes of the past. Saskatchewan people must recognize the role that myth has played, and must continue to play, in the life of the province. But, at the same time, they must differentiate it from reality by understanding the power of myth as a force for progress and its potential to create false expectations.
  Free Knowledge: Confronting the Commodification of Human Discovery
Alarms are being sounded around the globe over the increasing commercialization of public knowledge for private profit. Whether you are a farmer, a university student, a medical patient, or a library user,these developments impact your daily life. Knowledge privatization holds growing sway over the choice of the foods you eat, the medicine you take, the software you use, the music you hear, and even the flowers you plant in your own backyard. This is the result of a world where plant seeds have become subject to patents, medical research is overseen by pharmaceutical giants,universities are beholden to corporate funders, and indigenous knowledge is expropriated.
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  Lipset's Agrarian Socialism A Re-examination
Reflecting on the seminal work of Seymour Martin Lipset -- Agrarian Socialism: the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, A Study in Political Sociology -- academics and political practitioners revisit questions and consider whether the reputation of the best-known social science text on Saskatchewan still holds. As the political practitioners make clear, the geographic and constitutional boundaries may remain as they were, but the economic and cultural boundaries that once defined provinces have manifestly altered if not disappeared as a result of technological change and global perspective.
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  Manitoba Premiers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Manitoba's long history of conflict, and the impact that has had on the rest of Canada, is revealed in these political biographies of the province's first eighteen premiers.
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  New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy
In this new scholarly compilation, established and emerging trends in Saskatchewan public policy are the foundation for setting new directions for the province in the 21st century.
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  Saskatchewan Politics: Crowding the Centre
In his first volume on Saskatchewan Politics (2001), Howard Leeson observed that vast changes were underway in the Saskatchewan polity. He predicted that the familiar politics of the past would look jarringly antiquated in the future. In Saskatchewan Politics: Crowding the Centre he and his authors come to the conclusion that much of this process of change is largely complete.
  Saskatchewan Politics: Into the Twenty-First Century
The seventeen essays contained in this volume cover a wide range of topics and political points of view.
  Singing the Blues
In Singing the Blues, longtime party insider Dick Spencer, writes with unique insight and perspective, traceing the history of one of Saskatchewan's great parties over a century of provincial politics.
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  The Other Alberta: Decoding a Political Enigma
The Other Alberta challenges the conventional wisdom in its fascinating analysis of the Alberta psyche. It traces founding events and experiences which have shaped the way Albertans view their political world, and describes the role played by successive provincial governments in shaping the Alberta identity.
  The Patriation Minutes
In November 1981, at the height of the nation’s constitutional crisis, the First Ministers assembled in Ottawa to seek an agreement. These are the minutes not taken.
  The Prairie Agrarian Movement Revisited
Eighteen essays honouring the 100th anniversary (in 2001) of the formation of the Territorial Grain Growers Association explore important aspects of the historical legacy of the agrarian movement and contemplate their relevance to the current setting for the rural prairies.
  The Western Métis
This book contains a collection of articles concerning the Western Metis, published in Prairie Forum between 1978 and 2007. These articles have been chosen for the breadth and scope of the investigations upon which they are based, and for the reflections they will arouse in anyone interested in Western Canadian history and politics.
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  Voices From Next Year Country: An Oral History of Rural Saskatchewan
Voices from Next Year Country, the by-product of an ambitious multidisciplinary research project that addresses social cohesion in the context of human adaptation to environmental, social and economic change in rural southern Saskatchewan during the post-World War II period, is based on interviews conducted with long-term residents of six rural communities — Balcarres, Carlyle, Craik, Eastend, Naicam and Willow Bunch.
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