To Hugh Sutherland and Wauh Oonae Nancy Prince, the Red River Settlement in the 1860s was just what it had always been: a place where Scots Presbyterians, Metis Catholics, English Anglicans, retired German mercenaries, Crees, and Ojibways, all lived together peacefully with virtually no laws or law enforcement.
To the governments of the fledgling Dominion of Canada, the United States and Imperial France, it was the key to a vast swath of new territory: the entire northern half of North America. Sutherland and Prince, however, along with their families, couldn’t know that in an incredibly brief time their peaceful lives would be torn asunder by the forces of expansion and progress. The multicultural life of this quiet oasis on the Prairies was to be swept away in a flood of homogenized Ontario values.
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“Three thumbs up.” – Ron Robinson, CBC Radio
“A lively historical novel… that continues the saga of Alfred Silver’s Red River Trilogy.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“Silver weaves the conflict between the dreams of these groups, coloured with unexpected plot twists which evoke emotion–hope, anger, grief, acceptance–into a heavy blanket of a novel that still manages to surprise readers with previously undiscovered details about a beloved familiar place.” – Prairie Fire
“Silver has created a vivid and persuasive portrait of a lost Canadian world, a working multicultural community of Indian, Métis, Scots, American and Canadian settlers on the prairie.” – Globe and Mail