Georges Henry Erasmus was born into a family of 12 children in Rae Edzo, a small Dene community in the Northwest Territories, on August 8, 1948. A high school graduate, he now holds honorary doctorates from at least seven universities, including Queen's University, the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba, York University, and the University of British Columbia. Erasmus's career has focused on local, regional, national, and international politics. He is author along with Boyce Richardson of Drumbeat: Anger and Renewal in Indian Country (1989). He married Sandra Knight in 1984 and lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

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Further Reading

Assembly of First Nations, Self-Determination Symposium Summary Report, Ottawa: Assembly of First Nations, 1990 Dickason, Olive Patricia, Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992 Erasmus, George, Drumbeat: Anger and Renewal in Indian Country, edited by Boyce Richardson, Toronto: Assembly of First Nations and Summerhill Press, 1989 Ponting, J. Rick, First Nations in Canada: Perspectives on Opportunity, Empowerment, and Self-Determination, Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1997 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Volume 2, Restructuring the Relationship, Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1996 "Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: will study bring sweeping change or prove costly exercise in futility?" McGill Reporter, 29(10) (February 13, 1997)

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