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A root cause of terrorism in far-away countries, Canadians are told, is poor, desperate young people who turn their frustrations and anger on their “rich oppressors.” Uprising brings this scenario home to Canada.

When impoverished, disheartened, poorly educated, but well-armed aboriginal young people find a modern revolutionary leader in the tradition of 1880s rebellion leader Louis Riel, they rally with a battle cry “Take Back the Land!” Theirs is a fight to right the wrongs inflicted on them by “the white settlers.”

They know their minority force cannot take on all Canada. They don’t need to. A surprise attack on the nation’s most vulnerable assets—its abundant energy resources — sends the Canadian Armed Forces scrambling and politicians reeling. Over a few tension-filled days as the battles rage, the frantic prime minister can only watch as the insurrection paralyzes the country. But when energy-dependent Americans discover the southward flow of Canadian hydroelectricity, oil, and natural gas is halted, they do not remain passive.

Although none of Canada’s leaders saw it coming, the shattering consequences unfold with the same plausible harmony by which quiet aboriginal protests decades ago became the eerie premonitions of today’s stand-offs and “days of action.”

Senator Romeo Dallaire: "We have heard about the Aboriginal Day of Action. Is the internal security risk rising as the youth see themselves more and more disenfranchised? In fact, if they ever coalesced, could they not bring this country to a standstill?"
The Right Honourable Paul Martin: "My answer, and the only one we all have, is we would hope not."
—Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples Ottawa, Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Is this book fiction or non-fiction?

Some readers may consider far-fetched Douglas Bland’s fictional work about a terrorist-style strike by disciplined Aboriginals that paralyzes Canada’s government and leads to United States intervention to secure its vital energy supplies.

Yet a small band of well-organized insurgents need not occupy the entire country, in the manner of an invading army, to gain dominance. They need only seize key installations that are vulnerable, a time-tested formula for those seeking to cripple or overthrow a regime.

Even so, some may still find the plot of Uprising unrealistic, doubting that anger and resentment in Canada’s First Nations communities could ever be strong enough to spark an uprising.

That is why Blue Butterfly is publishing this Newsmakers’ Guide to Uprising. All the stories are real. If Bland’s book was non-fiction, these would be the footnotes. Each news report is authenticated by source. First Nations’ websites, also linked, speak for themselves. Every government report and academic study referenced on this Newsmakers’ site documents conditions which over the decades have mostly been addressed, as prime minister Louis St. Laurent put it more than half a century ago, by “a state of benign neglect.”

Newsmakers’ Guide to Uprising as a source for facts will be updated as this story unfolds.