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One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

 

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd, a Chicago socialite from the 1800s, who signs on to the Federal government plan of Brides for Indians as a means to escape an insane asylum where her family has placed her because she had fallen in love with a man below her station. Through her journals May describes her life in the asylum and later her new life as a prairie bride of Chief Little Wolf of the Cheyennes. Along her journey she tells of her fellow brides who come from all walks of life. In return for their marriage to a Cheyenne and subsequent bearing of a mixed race baby or two, the government hopes to assimilate the Cheyennes into the white man’s culture. Along the way May meets an Army Captain and they fall in love but part, knowing that their love could never be. May continues on her journey, assimilating into the life of the Cheyennes as the third wife of Chief Little Wolf, all the while keeping a set of notebooks that become her journals.

 

The descriptions of life on the prairie are both breathtaking and brutal. But through it all May begins to question which side is the real savage – Native American or white Christian. A detailed and fast booking book, it will appear to the reader that the journals they are reading are true although the author states up front that everything contained in the book is fiction based on the true fact that such a Brides for Indians program was proposed but never acted upon.

 

I loved the different ‘brides’ who, although stereotypical, give much needed diversity to the story. And although we see Chief Little Wolf as a proud and courageous warrior we soon learn that he is so much more. Finely researched, cleverly written, and engrossing the reader will find this story difficult to put down.

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text 2014-05-05 07:28
Federal government to fund 3,000 paid internships

 

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $40 million over three years to help fund 3,000 private sector internships for grads that will be paid.

 

The federal government announced $40 million toward 3,000 paid internships in “high-demand” fields.

 

The money, earmarked in February’s budget, will be spent on paid work for recent grads in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the skilled trades as part of the government’s youth employment strategy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday in London, Ont.

 

“Some young graduates hit the classic catch-22 situation: to get the job, they need the experience, but they cannot get the experience because they cannot get a job,” Harper said at Fanshawe College.

 

Skilled trades, the health science field and “engineers of all kinds” will especially benefit, Harper said. The private sector internships will be funded through the National Research Council and the government’s Career Focus Program between 2014 and 2016.

 

Asked by reporters whether he was uncomfortable with too many unpaid internships in Canada, Harper said his government was addressing the specific problem of “young people getting their first foot in the door in some skilled environments that are in high demand.”

 

It’s estimated there are over 300,000 unpaid interns in Canada, with 100,000 of those in Ontario alone. No federal or provincial agency keeps track, although a private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Andrew Cash last year would introduce measures to monitor internships across Canada.

 

But critics say the money won’t address that and other underlying problems.

 

“The tide is certainly turning, but more needs to be done in terms of law reform and enforcement of the laws already on the books,” said Joshua Mandryk, spokesman for the group Students Against Unpaid Internship Scams, which has lobbied the Ontario government for changes.

 

“The good news is that politicians of all stripes are being forced to listen and take action.”

Amending federal labour laws — which do not specifically address interns — would be the biggest improvement, said Claire Seaborn, president of the Canadian Intern Association.

 

“If the federal government really did want to deal with the unpaid internship issue … they would have amended the Canada Labour Code by now,” she said.

 

The money will also likely benefit men more than women, Seaborn said, since more men work in the skilled trades and engineering. According to a study from the University of Victoria, over two thirds of unpaid interns are female, mostly from media, public relations, entertainment and advertising industries.

 

In Ontario the provincial labour ministry has recently cracked down on illegal unpaid internships, especially in publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/05/04/federal_government_to_fund_3000_paid_internships.html
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