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Accounting and accountability relations: colonization, genocide and Canada's first nations

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Abstract:

The current study starts from the premise that accounting techniques and calculations have been, and continue to be, implicated in the colonization and genocide of Canada's first nations. Relying upon previous literature concerned with governmentality, colonialism and genocide, it is proposed that accounting techniques helped to translate (neo)-colonial policies into practice with (un)intended genocidal outcomes. Through an examination of historical examples, the analyses highlight how accounting techniques helped to translate policies of conquest, annihilation, containment and assimilation into practice, with the resultant outcomes of reproductive genocide, cultural genocide and ecocide.

Keywords: Canada; Discrimination; Ethnic Groups; Genocide; National Cultures; Social Accounting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513570010334126

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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