Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada by J.r. MillerCompact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada by J.r. Miller

Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada

byJ.r. Miller

Paperback | May 23, 2009

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One of Canada's longest unresolved issues is the historical and present-day failure of the country's governments to recognize treaties made between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. Compact, Contract, Covenant is renowned historian of Native-newcomer relations J.R. Miller's exploration and explanation of more than four centuries of treaty-making. The first historical account of treaty-making in Canada, Miller untangles the complicated threads of treaties, pacts, and arrangements with the Hudson's Bay Company and the Crown, as well as modern treaties to provide a remarkably clear and comprehensive overview of this little-understood and vitally important relationship.

Covering everything from pre-contact Aboriginal treaties to contemporary agreements in Nunavut and recent treaties negotiated under the British Columbia Treaty Process, Miller emphasizes both Native and non-Native motivations in negotiating, the impact of treaties on the peoples involved, and the lessons that are relevant to Native-newcomer relations today. Accessible and informative, Compact, Contract, Covenant is a much-needed history of the evolution of treaty-making and will be required reading for decades to come.

J.R. Miller is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to Indigenous peoples including Shingwauk’s Vision, and Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History, both published by University of Toronto Press.
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Title:Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.97 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802095151

ISBN - 13:9780802095152

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One of Canada's longest unresolved issues is the historical and present-day failure of the country's governments to recognize treaties made between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. Compact, Contract, Covenant is renowned historian of Native-newcomer relations J.R. Miller's exploration and explanation of more than four centuries of treaty-making. The first historical account of treaty-making in Canada, Miller untangles the complicated threads of treaties, pacts, and arrangements with the Hudson's Bay Company and the Crown, as well as modern treaties to provide a remarkably clear and comprehensive overview of this little-understood and vitally important relationship. Covering everything from pre-contact Aboriginal treaties to contemporary agreements in Nunavut and recent treaties negotiated under the British Columbia Treaty Process, Miller emphasizes both Native and non-Native motivations in negotiating, the impact of treaties on the peoples involved, and the lessons that are relevant to Native-newcomer relations today. Accessible and informative, Compact, Contract, Covenant is a much-needed history of the evolution of treaty-making and will be required reading for decades to come.'Compact, Contract, Covenant is the first successful comprehensive analysis of the treaty-making process and its rationale in the Canada. While many regionally focused works of this nature exist, they do not possess the same transnational, expressly historic focus as does this book. It is presented exceptionally well and is easy to read and understand.' - Tony Gulig, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater