The history of the US-Canada border, today often touted as the longest undefended boundary in the world, is often told as an American-British tale of treaties, wars, and eventual peace.
In truth, Britain and the United States built this border across Indigenous lands, displacing existing communities and striving to disrupt Indigenous people’s ideas of territory and belonging.
While Canada and the US looked to the border as a marker of their sovereignty and diplomatic stability, Indigenous nations understood it as an obstruction and a threat to theirs. How might this multiracial, multinational history of the border inform our understanding of it today?
Benjamin Hoy is an assistant professor of history at University of Saskatchewan.
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2022-01-29 10:00:00 2022-01-29 10:00:00 America/Chicago The US-Canada Border with Benjamin Hoy Zoom