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ESSENTIAL Reading for ALL Canadians!
Reviewed in Canada on January 6, 2020
I should confess my bias right up front. I'm a Canadian, and I consider myself lucky to have been born in the northern half of North America. Canada is a huge country that's rich in natural resources, with a reputation for tolerance and openness that inspires pride among its citizens, and envy from people born in less fortunate nations.
Every Canadian should read this book to learn exactly how 'good' -- and how *bad* -- our country has been, and could be.
People from around the world should read it to understand that struggle -- even in places like Canada! -- is essential for social progress and for the preservation and expansion of human rights. Very few Canadians know anything about this narrative. People in other countries know more about the dark side of the moon than they know about the struggles of the Metis people.
Now I'll confess another bias: I'm a friend -- although not a close friend -- of author Jean Taillet. I had no idea she was writing this book. It was never mentioned in any of our conversations. She's a lawyer, and a former dancer, and a great-grand-niece of Louis Riel (who is only one of the amazing characters to appear in this fascinating narrative. But Jean's modesty could never conceal her essential passion. This book, and the difficult but inspirational history it so eloquently describes, contains a message that should be shouted from rooftops around the world! -- ACKNOWLEDGE and RESPECT the rich diversity of humanity. And celebrate everything that we can learn from the generosity of others.