1919 is often recalled as the year of the Winnipeg General Strike, but it was also the year that water from Shoal Lake first flowed in Winnipeg taps. For the Anishinaabe community of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, construction of the Winnipeg Aqueduct led to a chain of difficult circumstances that culminated in their isolation on an artificial island where, for almost two decades, they have lacked access to clean drinking water.
In Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember, Adele Perry analyses the development of Winnipeg’s municipal water supply as an example of the history of settler colonialism. Drawing from a rich archive of historical sources, this timely book exposes the cultural, social, political, and legal mechanisms that allowed the rapidly growing city of Winnipeg to obtain its water supply by dispossessing an Indigenous people of their land, and ultimately depriving them of the very commodity—clean drinking water—that the city secured for itself.
Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations.
Part of our Semaphore Series.
Other contributors: Rick Harp (Foreword).
|Subject||Colonialism & Post-Colonialism/History/Canada|
|Pages||104 pp (Paper)|
|Dimensions||5″ × 7″ × .5″|
A broadcast journalist for over two decades, Rick Harp’s media résumé includes on-air roles with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and CBC Radio. He has also served as Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. A co-founder and president of the INDIGENA Creative Group, Rick is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan.