Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times / Edition 4

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Canada's First Nations uses an interdisciplinary approach--drawing on research in archaeology, anthropology, biology, sociology, political science, and history--to give an account of Canada's past. Olive Dickason's widely acclaimed history of Canada's founding peoples is augmented by David McNab's updates and in-depth examination of recent events, including the Ipperwash inquiry and global warming's effect on Innu of Canada's the north.

This text describes how Canada's Aboriginal peoples were radically altered by the arrival of Europeans. They fought as allies beside the French and English during the battles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; they were hunted to the point of extermination in Newfoundland; and their numbers were decimated by European diseases. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Canada tried to legislate Aboriginal cultures out of existence, as the official assumption remained that assimilation would bring an end to any Indian "Problem."

From Nescambiouit and Potiac, to Pound Maker, Abe Okpik, and Elijah Harper, Amerindians and Inuit have responded to persistent colonial pressure in various ways, including attempts at co-operation, episodes of resistances, and politically sophisticated efforts to preserve their territory and culture. The revitalization of today's Aboriginal communities--dramatically expressed by the Mohawk at Oka in 1990 and by members of the six nations in Caledonia in 2005--reminds us that accurate perception of the past is essential to a just shaping of Canada's future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195428926
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Olive Patricia Dickason is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. She is the author of several books, including The Myth of the Savage (1984, 1997) and, with L.C. Green, The Laws of Nations and the New World (1989). Dr Dickason was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and received the Aboriginal Life Achievement Award, Canadian Native Arts Foundation, in 1997. Throughout her distinguished career she has remained proud of her M├ętis heritage. David T. McNab is an Associate Professor of Native Studies at York University. He has written widely on the topics of Aboriginal history and literature, Aboriginal land and treaty rights, British imperial history, Canadian history, and Ontario history. Professor McNab also serves as an advisor on land and treaty rights and governance issues for a number of First Nations and other Aboriginal organizations in Ontario and Newfoundland.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Part I: At the Beginning
1. And the People Came
2. Settling In
3. Metropolises and Intercultural Contacts
4. Canada When Europeans Arrived
Part II: The Outside World Intrudes
5. Inuit and Beothuk
6. On the Eatern Edge of the Mainland
7. People of the Sunrise
8. Hurons, Five Nations, and Europeans
9. Huronia's Loss is the Bay's Gain
10. Some Amerindian-Colonial Wars
11. Amerindians in the French New World
Part III: Spread Across the Continent
12. Amerindians in a Shifting World
13. On the Great Plains
14. Westward and Northward
Part IV: Towards New Horizons
15. Turntable of 1812-1814
16. Canadian Aboriginal World in the Early Nineteeth Century
17. Pre-Confederation Administration in the Canadas
18. The many Fronts within Confederation
19. First Numbered Treaties, Police and the Indian Act
Part V: Into the Contemporary World
20. As the Old Way Fades, the New Looks Bleak
21. Time of Troubles, Time of Repression
22. Leading to an Administrative Shift
23. Canadian Courts and Aboriginal Rights
24. First Nations at Home and Abroad
25. Development Heads North
26. Social Fact and Development Theory
27. Rocky Road to Self-Government
28. Coercion, Standoffs, an Agreement, and the Royal Commission
29. We Are Sorry?
Appendix: National Historic Sites of Canada Commemorating Aboriginal History

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