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By Frederick Niven,Alison Calder

initially released in 1935, Frederick Niven’s The Flying Years tells the background of Western Canada from the 1850s to the Nineteen Twenties as witnessed by means of Angus Munro, a tender Scot compelled to to migrate to Canada whilst his relatives is evicted from their farm. operating within the remoted environment of Rocky Mountain apartment, Angus secretly marries a Cree lady, who dies in a measles epidemic whereas he's on a longer work trip. the invention, fourteen years later, that his spouse had given delivery to a boy who was once followed by means of one other Cree family members and raised to be “all Indian” confirms Angus’s sympathies towards Aboriginal peoples, and he finally turns into the Indian Agent at the reserve the place his mystery son lives. Angus’s ongoing negotiation of either the literal and symbolic roles of “White Father” occurs in the context of questions about race and country, assimilation and distinction, and the way forward for the Canadian West. opposed to a history of source exploitation and western improvement, the unconventional queries where of Aboriginal peoples during this new kingdom and means that growth brings with it a value.

Alison Calder’s afterword examines the novel’s depiction of the paternalistic courting among the Canadian govt and Aboriginal peoples in Western Canada, and situates the radical when it comes to modern discussions approximately race and biology.

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