Plundering the North: A History of Settler Colonialism, Corporate Welfare, and Food Insecurity (Paperback)

Plundering the North: A History of Settler Colonialism, Corporate Welfare, and Food Insecurity By Kristin Burnett, Travis Hay Cover Image

Plundering the North: A History of Settler Colonialism, Corporate Welfare, and Food Insecurity (Paperback)

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The manufacturing of a chronic food crisis

Food insecurity in the North is one of Canada's most shameful public health and human rights crises. In Plundering the North, Kristin Burnett and Travis Hay examine the disturbing mechanics behind the origins of this crisis: state and corporate intervention in northern Indigenous foodways.

Despite claims to the contrary by governments, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), and the contemporary North West Company (NWC), the exorbitant cost of food in the North is neither a naturally occurring phenomenon nor the result of free-market forces. Rather, inflated food prices are the direct result of government policies and corporate monopolies. Using food as a lens to track the institutional presence of the Canadian state in the North, Burnett and Hay chart the social, economic, and political changes that have taken place in northern Ontario since the 1950s. They explore the roles of state food policy and the HBC and NWC in setting up, perpetuating, and profiting from food insecurity while undermining Indigenous food sovereignties and self-determination.

Plundering the North provides fresh insight into Canada's settler colonial project by re-evaluating northern food policy and laying bare the governmental and corporate processes behind the chronic food insecurity experienced by northern Indigenous communities.

Product Details ISBN: 9781772840490
ISBN-10: 1772840491
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Publication Date: October 27th, 2023
Pages: 232
Language: English