Accounting for Genocide

Canada: Fernwood Publishing
ISBN 1 55266 103 2
United States: Zed Books
ISBN 1 84277 189 2 pb
ISBN 1 84277 188 4 hb

Accounting for Genocide is an original and controversial book that retells the history of the subjugation and ongoing economic marginalization of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Its authors demonstrate the ways in which successive Canadian governments have combined accounting techniques and economic rationalizations with bureaucratic mechanisms - soft technologies - to deprive Native peoples of their land and natural resources and to control the minutiae of their daily economic and social lives.

Particularly shocking is the evidence that federal and provincial governments are today still prepared to use legislative and fiscal devices in order to facilitate the continuing exploitation and damage of Indigenous people¹¹s lands.

"This book is an outstanding chronicle of how white supremacist thinking played a key role in the oppression of Canada¹¹s First Nations. Accounting for Genocide is ... well constructed, the arguments are defensible, the approach is unique."
Daniel N. Paul, Founding Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Micmacs and author of We Were Not the Savages

"This is an original text ... it explores colonization from the angle of accounting, as a ‘soft technology’ ... it helps us to develop a more complex understanding of the nature of colonization."
David Newhouse, Department of Native Studies, Trent University

Dean Neu is the Future Fund Professor of Accounting at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Richard Therrien is a poet, researcher, cultural worker, editor, filmmaker, ghost-writer and landscape labourer.