The Canadian Rangers: A Living History by P. Whitney LackenbauerThe Canadian Rangers: A Living History by P. Whitney Lackenbauer

The Canadian Rangers: A Living History

byP. Whitney Lackenbauer

Paperback | August 1, 2013

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The Canadian Rangers stand sentinel in the farthest reaches of our country. For six decades, this dedicated group of citizen-soldiers has quietly served as Canada’s eyes, ears, and voice in isolated coastal and northern communities.

How does this minimally trained and lightly equipped force make a meaningful contribution to national defence and to sustainable communities? One of Canada’s leading experts on northern issues answers this question using official records, extensive interviews, and on-the-ground participation in Ranger exercises from coast to coast to coast. Lackenbauer reveals how the Rangers have evolved into a flexible, inexpensive, and culturally inclusive way for Canada to “show the flag.” The Rangers offer living proof that military activities designed to assert sovereignty need not cause insecurity for residents of remote regions. Local knowledge, stewardship, and national security prove compatible and mutually reinforcing.

The Canadian Rangers also tells the untold story of a successful partnership that has developed between the Canadian Forces and Aboriginal peoples, a partnership rooted in traditional knowledge and skills and characterized by acceptance and crosscultural understanding.

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University and the author of numerous books, including Battle Grounds: The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands (UBC Press, 2006) and co-author of Arctic Front: Defending Canadian Interests in the Far North (2008), which won the Do...
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Title:The Canadian Rangers: A Living HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:658 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.34 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774824530

ISBN - 13:9780774824538

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers, 1942-45

2 Setting the Stage, 1946-47

3 “Teething Troubles,” 1947-49

4 Formative Years, 1950-52

5 Exercising the Rangers, 1952-56

6 Shadow Army, 1957-70

7 Sovereignty and Symbolism, 1970-84

8 “The Most Cost-Efficient Program in the Canadian Forces,” 1985-93

9 Enhancement and the Junior Canadian Rangers, 1994-99

10 “Very Special Forces,” 2000-06

11 Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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The Canadian Rangers stand sentinel in the farthest reaches of our country. For more than six decades, this dedicated group of citizen-soldiers has quietly served as Canada’s eyes, ears, and voice in isolated coastal and northern communities. Drawing on official records, interviews, and participation in Ranger exercises, Lackenbauer argues that the organization offers an inexpensive way for Canada to “show the flag” from coast to coast to coast. The Rangers have also laid the foundation for a successful partnership between the modern state and Aboriginal peoples, a partnership rooted in local knowledge and crosscultural understanding.This is the definitive study of the Canadian Rangers – the diamond standard to which all future books on the subject will be compared. Combining a multidisciplinary understanding of the big picture, along with an insider’s appreciation of the motivations and actions of individual Rangers, Lackenbauer’s “living history” of the men and women who patrol Canada’s remote regions is a must-read. - Rob Huebert, co-author of Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship