The Canadian Rangers stand sentinel in the farthest reaches of our country. For more than six decades, this dedicated group of citizen-soldiers has quietly served as Canada’s eyes, ears, and voice in isolated coastal and northern communities. Drawing on official records, interviews, and participation in Ranger exercises, Lackenbauer argues that the organization offers an inexpensive way for Canada to “show the flag” from coast to coast to coast. The Rangers have also laid the foundation for a successful partnership between the modern state and Aboriginal peoples, a partnership rooted in local knowledge and crosscultural understanding.
About the author
P. Whitney Lackenbauer is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo, and a faculty associate with the LCMSDS.
Peter Kikkert recently completed his M.A. at the University of Waterloo and is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Western Ontario.
- Short-listed, Dafoe Prize, The Dafoe Foundation
As any good historian would, Lackenbauer has researched his subject exhaustively, as evidenced by the extensive introduction, numerous maps and fascinating archival photos and a staggering 123 pages of footnotes. But this level of academic thoroughness doesn’t affect the book’s readability, and the result is an engaging history of a uniquely Canadian institution.
Canadian Geographic Magazine
The Canadian Rangers: A Living HistoryThis fully researched and well documented book provides a history of the Canadian Rangers. Since 1942 the coastlines of Canada have been guarded by a unique group of volunteers, initially a revived Pacific Coast Militia Rangers then morphing into the Canadian Rangers. The mandate and mission of this unpaid, minimally equipped, but dedicated and skilled group has remained the same over the decades: to ensure that Canada’s security, sovereignty, safety and stewardship remain inviolate. They are Canada’s boots on the ground in remote northern regions and vast Arctic areas. This book narrates the Rangers’ oscillating existence, conditions and roles through times of attrition or expansion, through Cold War and post Cold War and into the 21st century.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.
Other titles by P. Whitney Lackenbauer
North America's Arctic Borders
A World of Change
Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic
Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864-1999
Roots of Entanglement
Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations
China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada
Navigating Northern Environmental History
A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North
Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870-1939
Blockades or Breakthroughs?
Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State
The Dundurn Arctic Culture and Sovereignty Library
Pike's Portage/Death Wins in the Arctic/Arctic Naturalist/Arctic Obsession/Arctic Twilight/Arctic Front/Canoeing North Into the Unknown/Arctic Revolution/In the Shadow of the Pole/Voices From the Odeyak
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009