Fifty Years in Indian Country
This chapter will review Canadian Dimension’s coverage by decade in order to show the sweep of its coverage. This narrative also allows for showing the development of a distinctive consciousness around Aboriginal issues in the magazine. In general, early issues focused on Aboriginal poverty or militancy; slowly a growing awareness of the specificity of Aboriginal and treaty rights as issues sinks in, and eventually many around the magazine come to see Aboriginal politics as, rather than a sideshow, a central political struggle within Canada.
Peter Kulchyski is a Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and a long term activist around indigenous land rights. Among his many publications are Like the Sound of a Drum, The Red Indians and Aboriginal Rights are not Human Rights. He is currently active with hydro-affected communities in northern Manitoba and is working on a book about Northwest Territory Mountain Dene struggles for justice.