Led by a charismatic young leader, small groups of natives strike a series of Canadian military bases and launch terrorist attacks in major Canadian cities. While the numerically tiny and underequipped Canadian Army scrambles to respond, a second wave of attacks by native insurgents brings Canada’s petroleum industry and electrical generation capability to a halt, causing economic disruption and blackouts in the United States. Eventually, the U.S. mounts a major military incursion into Canadian territory to restore order and stabilize their own economy.

That is all confined to fiction – namely, Canadian military expert Douglas Bland’s 2010 novel Uprising. But while the prospect of a native insurgency in Canada admittedly seems a remote threat, it is a real one, and something that Canadian strategic planners, who plan for pretty much every scenario, must consider…

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