A Common Hunger

A Common Hunger

Land Rights in Canada and South Africa

Book - 2006
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Geographically, demographically, and politically, South Africa and Canada are two countries that are very far apart. What they have in common are indigenous populations, which, because of their historical and ongoing experience of colonization and dispossession, share a hunger for land and human dignity.

Based on extensive research carried out in both countries, A Common Hunger is a comparative work on the history of indigenous land rights in Canada and post-apartheid South Africa. Joan Fairweather has constructed a balanced examination of the impact of land dispossession on the lives of indigenous peoples in both countries and their response to centuries of European domination. By reclaiming rights to the land and an equitable share in the wealth-producing resources they contain, the first peoples of Canada and South Africa are taking important steps to confront the legacies of poverty that characterize many of their communities. A Common Hunger provides historical context to the current land claim process in these two former British colonies and examines the efforts of governments and the courts to ensure that justice is done.


Based on extensive research carried out in both countries, A Common Hunger is a comparative work on the history of indigenous land rights in Canada and post-apartheid South Africa. Author Joan Fairweather has constructed a balanced examination of the impact of land dispossession on the lives of indigenous peoples in both countries and their response to centuries of European domination. A Common Hunger provides historical context to the current land claim process in these two former British colonies and examines the efforts of governments and the courts to ensure that justice is done.


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A South African historian and archivist living in Ottawa, Fairweather offers a comparative history of the two former British colonies focusing on how indigenous peoples are reclaiming rights to the land and an equitable share in the wealth-producing resources they contain as a means of confronting the legacies of poverty left by their dispossession by European colonists. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Calgary : University of Calgary Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781552381922
1552381927
Characteristics: xxi, 260 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm

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