The Sunday Magazine21:02How wolves came to shape Canada
How wolves came to shape Canada
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From the "Big Bad Wolf" of fairy tales to the werewolves featured on big and small screens today, popular culture has shaped the way we see and relate to wolves. In the wild, they're depicted as dangerous predators, with cold stares and a haunting howl that cuts through the silence of nature. But Stephanie Rutherford, an associate professor in the School of the Environment at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. says there's a little known side to wolves — as nation-builders. Rutherford has been studying the relationship between wolves and nationhood in Canada for nearly a decade. Her latest book is called Villain, Vermin, Icon, Kin: Wolves and the Making of Canada. She tells guest host Helen Mann the misunderstanding of wolves over time reveals a broader lesson about the impact of colonialism on the natural world.