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A Way of Life That Does Not Exist: Canada and the Extinguishment of the Innu

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:455
  1. Christopher Fletcher, assistant professor (
  1. department of anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada

    How is it that in Canada, a nation that imagines itself as the caring yet efficient mid-point of the European socialist state and the individualistic capitalism of the United States, the Innu people of Labrador can be afflicted by such dismal individual and collective health, self destruction, and social dissolution? Is this part of a dark side of the Canadian experience? Or is it somehow a function of the incompatibility of an indigenous hunter-gatherer culture with the contemporary …

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