Blockades or Breakthroughs?

Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State

Edited by Yale D. Belanger & P. Whitney Lackenbauer
Categories: Political Science
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773543911, 488 pages, January 2015


Blockades have become a common response to Canada's failure to address and resolve the legitimate claims of First Nations. Blockades or Breakthroughs? debates the importance and effectiveness of blockades and occupations as political and diplomatic tools for Aboriginal people.


“This collection successfully establishes the multi-vocal and politically formidable nature of blockades and occupations, in the process adding much-needed depth to histories of Aboriginal direct action and stimulating meaningful conversation. By complica

“Blockades or Breakthroughs? is a valuable resource for understanding the conditions and concerns that inform aboriginal uses of direct action against a government that has historically sought to diminish First Nations' ability to assert sovereignty, and

“An important text. For the first time, comprehensive historical analysis of major First Nations, Métis and Inuit-led direct-action resistance in Canada has been collected in one volume. A highly valuable resource to students and scholars of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations, as well as those interested in processes of nation-building. Weighted heavily towards historical analysis, the case studies [are] ripe for further analysis by scholars of gender, Indigenous studies, Canadian studies, and sociology. ” British Journal of Canadian Studies