Canadas First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times

Paperback | October 28, 2008

byOlive Patricia Dickason, David T. McNab

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Canada's First Nations is a comprehensive history of Canada's original inhabitants. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines techniques from history, anthropology, archaeology, biology, sociology, and political science, the story of the more than 50 First Nations of Canada iscarefully woven together. A central argument in the text is that Amerindians and Inuit have responded to persistent colonial pressures through attempts at co-operation, episodes of resistance, and politically sophisticated efforts to preserve their territory and culture. The fourth edition has beenfully updated to include current topics such as the effects of global warming on the Innu, the Ipperwash Inquiry, and the Caledonia land claims dispute. This is a text that transcends the familiar and narrow focus on Native-White relations to identify the history of the First Nations as a separateand proud tradition.

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Canada's First Nations is a comprehensive history of Canada's original inhabitants. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines techniques from history, anthropology, archaeology, biology, sociology, and political science, the story of the more than 50 First Nations of Canada iscarefully woven together. A central argument in the ...

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 Awa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195428927

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List of MapsAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: At the Beginning1. And the People Came2. Settling In3. Metropolises and Intercultural Contacts4. Canada When Europeans ArrivedPart II: The Outside World Intrudes5. Inuit and Beothuk6. On the Eatern Edge of the Mainland7. People of the Sunrise8. Hurons, Five Nations, and Europeans9. Huronia's Loss is the Bay's Gain10. Some Amerindian-Colonial Wars11. Amerindians in the French New WorldPart III: Spread Across the Continent12. Amerindians in a Shifting World13. On the Great Plains14. Westward and NorthwardPart IV: Towards New Horizons15. Turntable of 1812-181416. Canadian Aboriginal World in the Early Nineteeth Century17. Pre-Confederation Administration in the Canadas18. The many Fronts within Confederation19. First Numbered Treaties, Police and the Indian ActPart V: Into the Contemporary World20. As the Old Way Fades, the New Looks Bleak21. Time of Troubles, Time of Repression22. Leading to an Administrative Shift23. Canadian Courts and Aboriginal Rights24. First Nations at Home and Abroad25. Development Heads North26. Social Fact and Development Theory27. Rocky Road to Self-Government28. Coercion, Standoffs, an Agreement, and the Royal Commission29. We Are Sorry?EpilogueAppendix: National Historic Sites of Canada Commemorating Aboriginal HistoryNotesBibliographyIndex