Lake St. Martin First Nation, a community situated in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, was permanently displaced in 2011. After they were flooded out of their ancestral lands and left homeless, the Province of Manitoba further disempowered the members of the community by refusing to listen to their preference for a new site. Against the wishes of the community a nearby Cold War radar base was selected by the Province as an interim location, further victimizing the members and leaving them in limbo. Incorporating both Indigenous and Western methodologies, Holding on to Hope examines the consequences of community displacement on sustainable livelihoods, homes, health, and sociocultural integrity in the Lake St. Martin First Nation.

Part of our Semaphore Series.

Subject Indigenous Studies / Colonialism and Post-colonialism
Published November 2017
Price $14.99 CDN
Pages 100 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5″ × 7″ × .25″
ISBN-10 1-894037-96-0
ISBN-13 978-1-894037-96-9

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About the Author

Myrle Ballard is Anishinaabe and a member of Lake St. Martin First Nation. She is a Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and acted as Director of Flood Recovery and Community Planning at Lake St. Martin First Nation from 2011 to 2012. Her research includes work on sustainable livelihoods; flooding/displacement politics; water management, vulnerable/resilient demographics, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and Indigenous Women and traditional livelihoods. Her publications include articles in the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research and The Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development.