Community development in Rainy River First Nations: a study of self-sufficiency and land-culture
Blackburde, Gordon Lyle
Due to government intervention the inhabitants of Rainy River First Nations were deprived of the material resources available to many Canadians. In 1914, the federal government established a community reserve that consisted of peoples from eight separate and distinct communities, which directly contravened Treaty Three. The paper (through interviews, observation and textual analysis) provides a critical overview of the community's land claims settlement and reclamation process, and struggle for sustainability in the twenty-first century. In addition, it examines the manner that land-culture, human resources and capital resources may be applied to revitalize the community through community development and economic strategies.
land claims, community development, treaty three, dependency