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Frances Widdowson

Frances Widdowson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. She has co-written and co-edited (with Albert Howard) two books on aboriginal policy – Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, short-listed for the Donner Prize, and Approaches to Aboriginal Education in Canada: Searching for Solutions. She is currently editing a volume on “Indigenizing the University”, as well as undertaking an investigation of how advocacy studies are “murdering” the human sciences.

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Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry

The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation
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Separate but Unequal

Separate but Unequal

How Parallelist Ideology Conceals Indigenous Dependency
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The transition from the mercantilist fur trade to industrial capitalism […] led to the marginalization of many indigenous peoples, in part, because their cultures were not sufficiently developed to facilitate their success as independent farmers or craft producers.  The profit orientation of the emerging Canadian state, along with racist attitudes, led it to import European farmers and craftsmen rather than devoting the resources needed to prepare the native population for more disciplined and coordinated economic activity.  Consequently, it was indigenous lands, not their labour, which became significant […]. Indigenous tribal groupings became marginalized because they were not integrated into productive activities.

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Approaches to Aboriginal Education in Canada

Approaches to Aboriginal Education in Canada

Searching for Solutions
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