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Battle Grounds
The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands
P. Whitney Lackenbauer  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/13/2006
ISBN: 9780774813150    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2007
ISBN: 9780774813167    

368 Pages

Studies in Canadian Military History series


About the Book

Base closures, use of airspace for weapons testing and low-level flying, environmental awareness, and Aboriginal land claims have focused attention in recent years on the use of Native lands for military training. But is the military’s interest in Aboriginal lands new? Battle Grounds analyzes a century of government-Aboriginal interaction and negotiation to explore how the Canadian military came to use Aboriginal lands for training. It examines what the process reveals about the larger and evolving relationship between governments and Native communities, and how increasing Aboriginal assertiveness and activism have affected the issue.

Battle Grounds will appeal to those in military history, Native studies, and historical geography, as well as to general readers interested in military and aboriginal affairs.

Published in association with the Canadian War Museum.

About the Author(s)

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is an assistant professor in the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University.

Table of Contents

Maps, Tables, Illustrations


1 A Road to Nowhere? The Search for Sites in British Columbia, 1907

2 Governmental Uncertainty: The Militia and the Sarcee Reserve,

3 "Pay No Attention to Sero": Imperial Flying Training at
Tyendinaga, 1917-18

4 The Thin Edge of a Wedge? The British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan and Aboriginal Lands, 1940-45

5 Combined Operation: Creating Camp Ipperwash, 1942-45

6 The Cold War at Cold Lake: The Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range,

7 Into the Driver’s Seat? The Department of National Defence and the
Sarcee Band, 1945-82

8 Renegotiating Relationships: Competing Claims in the 1970s and

9 Closing Out the Century

Appendix A: Cases in Which the Canadian Military Formally Acquired
Indian Reserve Lands
Appendix B: Order-in-Council PC 2193
Selected Bibliography


“In this impeccably researched and sensitively written study, Whitney Lackenbauer provides valuable insights into how Canada’s military had used, and misused, aboriginal lands through the twentieth century. But it is not just for military historians – anyone who wants to understand the current state of Native-government relations will benefit from reading this ground-breaking book.”
– Jonathan Vance, author of Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation

“Whitney Lackenbauer’s Battle Grounds surveys the complex world of Native-military relations in twentieth-century Canada. Skillfully parsing the diverse forces at work in this relationship, his account is an astute reinterpretation of government-Aboriginal interactions that greatly enriches scholarly writing on relations between Natives and newcomers.”

– J.R. Miller, author of Lethal Legacy: Current Native Controversies in Canada

This timely text will be of great assistance to those assisting the First Nations in the recovery of their ancestral lands. With maps, tables and illustrations, the author takes the reader through fifty years of native land takeovers by the Canadian military. This may well be the handbook for those assisting in land recovery or lease variation.
- Ronald F. MacIsaac, Fiat Justicia, October 2007

…patient readers will be rewarded by a spirited and provocative introduction and conclusion and plenty of fresh research.
- Desmond Morton, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 1, Winter 2008

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

History > Canada
History > Military
Native Studies > Canada
Aboriginal Studies

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