... the fictional conditions underlying the uprising in the book so mirror the reality of modern Canada.
A riveting read, the book posits a series of loosely co-ordinated, but crippling, panic-inducing strikes by native guerrillas on Canada's most vulnerable energy and transportation installations.
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
Dr. Bland skilfully uses the format of a novel to examine Aboriginal and domestic security issues.... Uprising is neither a conspiracy tale nor a slippery slope argument. It is the canary in the mineshaft. With a frustrated, young Aboriginal population with limited chances relative to the broader Canadian population, with current means of addressing historical and current grievances wanting, and with limited Canadian capacity to ensure domestic security, it simply would not take that much to ignite a stronger opposition to the state and its mechanisms. The domestic security situation is more fragile and our means more limited to address threats than Canadians would like to think, and hoping for the best is not enough.
On Task Journal
The sad testimony of Uprising is that the realistic backstory is supported by social statistics.