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Issue 31 Book Reviews

Undoubtedly the most urgent issues of governance in Canada today concern Aboriginal people. Two linked articles examine some of these issues. John Graham casts a spotlight on 11 features of First Nation governance that, in combination, act as “a significant brake on achieving better results for First Nation communities.” Joseph Quesnel takes a close look at one particular First Nation, the Nisga’a of northwestern British Columbia, who in 1998 signed a treaty that granted them effective self-government. How has that worked out? Quesnel finds “very compelling evidence for improvements in various areas under self-government,” but warns against thinking of self-government as a “silver bullet.” Questions of First Nation governance are raised by David Adams Richards in his 2011 novel Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul in a very different way – through a murder mystery. We present two reviews of Richards’s novel – by Joseph Quesnel, who pays particular attention to governance questions, and by Nicole O’Byrne, who looks at more universal themes.

 

  

 

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Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 2: An accurate portrayal of Aboriginal complexities

Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul shows the good and the bad among both First Nation and white communities in the Miramichi Valley, a corner of northern New Brunswick. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel
 

 
 
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The Jacobson question

It’s all dark fun, but unvarnished darkness is falling fast. Unrelenting reports of vandalism ("swastikas painted on stars of David; an Orthodox man in his sixties beaten up at a bus stop”). This seems extraordinary. [From...
by Arthur Milner
 

 

 
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The health care policy trap: Lessons for Canada from health care reform in the United States

An excellent analysis of the tortuous evolution of health reform in the United States.Until Canadians address deficiencies in our own system, we have no reason to be smug in looking at health care politics in the US. [From Inro...
by Greg Marchildon
 

 
 
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Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 1: A modern-day Dickens or Tolstoy

This murder mystery serves as a lens through which David Adams Richards illuminates the lingering effects of colonization, band council governance, systemic racism and the invidious nature of prejudice. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Nicole O'byrne