Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation by Yves Engler

By Yves Engler

Yves Engler keeps his groundbreaking analyses of prior and current Canadian international coverage. the writer of The Black booklet of Canadian overseas coverage, and different works that problem the parable of Canadian benevolence, records Canadian involvement within the transatlantic slave alternate, the scramble for Africa and ecu colonialism. The ebook unearths Ottawa s competition to anticolonial struggles, its aid for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin s coup, and its function in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah.

Based on an exhaustive examine the general public checklist in addition to on-the-ground learn, Canada in Africa indicates how the government pressed African nations to keep on with neoliberal fiscal prescriptions and sheds gentle on Canada s half within the violence that has engulfed Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, in addition to how Canada s indifference to weather swap capacity a dying sentence to ever-growing numbers of Africans.

one of many nice myths of Canadian heritage is that the state has in basic terms been important to Africa and individuals of Black/African historical past, no matter if serving as a safe haven for fugitive slaves within the nineteenth century or denouncing South African apartheid within the twentieth. Yves Engler writes with majestic readability and daunting command concerning the truths of Canada s family to Africa and Africans, from the slavery carried out colonially, from higher Canada to Nouvelle-France to Nova Scotia, to the toxins of lands and impoverishment of peoples wrought via Canuck mining pursuits in Africa this present day. watch out! This publication is scary, for it argues with really damning proof that Canada has been as a lot an imperialist abuser of human rights as have the eu (and American) empires we so righteously hypocritically condemn. Engler should be learn via each person who wants fact in political technology and Humanitarianism in modern international coverage. George Elliott Clarke, Ph.D., E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature college of Toronto, writer of instructions domestic: ways to African-Canadian Literature.

Canada in Africa reminds us that the draining of African blood via slavery and bare imperialism maintains this present day during the draining of her assets. Yves Engler supplies us a haunting chronicle of the bloodletting, destabilization and pillaging of Africa via brokers and governments of Canada. this could be required studying for each human with a moral sense and all those who wish to sign up for the forces scuffling with for swap. Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the proper Livelihood Award ( substitute Nobel Prize ) and writer of To cook dinner a Continent: damaging Extraction and the weather main issue in Africa."

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As such, the Sudanese “Mahdist” forces captured Khartoum before the British reinforcements reached the city. With Gordon dead and the expedition having various logistical difficulties, they put off attempting to recapture Khartoum. Though defeated in the Sudan, the British were ultimately undeterred. 38 RMC graduate Lieutenant James Jay Bleecker Farley participated in the 1896 Dongola Expedition into northern Sudan. Up to 1,000 Mahdist soldiers were killed by the British-led forces (20 Egyptians died on the British side).

M. 50 Girouard wasn’t the only Canadian tasked with building railway during the Scramble for Africa. To the south of Sudan, a number of Canadians helped survey possible rail routes from the East African Coast to Lake Victoria Nyanza on the border between modern Uganda and Kenya. 56 Owned by British India Steam Navigation Company founder William Mackinnon, the IBEAC was granted the right to tax, administer justice and make treaties in 1888. 57 To extend IBEAC control northwards from Mombasa the British Admiralty led the Witu Expedition in 1890.

Canadian policy provides a unique window into Western exploitation of Africa and this book can hopefully contribute to overcoming widespread ignorance of African affairs. The first half of the book is largely organized chronologically while each chapter in the second half covers a region or theme in Canada-Africa relations. I focus on sub-Saharan Africa, but the northern part of the continent has been included where it fits the general pattern. Prior to Confederation in 1867 the territories of current day Canada played a small part in the transatlantic slave trade.

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