Extraordinary Canadians Big Bear

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Penguin Canada, Dec 2, 2008 - History - 240 pages
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Big Bear (1825–1888) was a Plains Cree chief in Saskatchewan at a time when aboriginals were confronted with the disappearance of the buffalo and waves of European settlers that seemed destined to destroy the Indian way of life. In 1876 he refused to sign Treaty No. 6, until 1882, when his people were starving. Big Bear advocated negotiation over violence, but when the federal government refused to negotiate with aboriginal leaders, some of his followers killed 9 people at Frog Lake in 1885. Big Bear himself was arrested and imprisoned. Rudy Wiebe, author of a Governor General’s Award–winning novel about Big Bear, revisits the life of the eloquent statesman, one of Canada’s most important aboriginal leaders.

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User Review  - jbealy - LibraryThing

This should be required reading for all Canadians interested in the true history of the "settling" of Canada, especially since it is not the story taught in schools. As sad a story as it is, we could learn a lot about ethical behaviour from Big Bear. Read full review

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User Review  - Yasmin - Goodreads

Amazing story about one of Canada's greatest men. I do not chose these words lightly nor for show. Big Bear in Cree Mistahimaskwa, was a great man who cared for his people, who only wanted peace and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ruby Wiebe is the celebrated author of 12 books, including A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest, which won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non–Fiction and The Temptations of Big Bear. He lives in Edmonton.

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