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Skyscrapers hide the heavens : a history of Native-newcomer relations in Canada

J. R. Miller (Author)
"First published in 1989, Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens continues to earn wide acclaim for its comprehensive account of Native-newcomer relations throughout Canada's history. Author J.R. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current displacement and marginalization of the Indigenous population. The fourth edition of Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens is the result of considerable revision and expansion to incorporate current scholarship and developments over the past twenty years in federal government policy and Aboriginal political organization. It includes new information regarding political organization, land claims in the courts, public debates, as well as the haunting legacy of residential schools in Canada. Critical to Canadian university-level classes in history, Indigenous studies, sociology, education, and law, the fourth edition of Skyscrapers, will be also be useful to journalists and lawyers, as well as leaders of organizations dealing with Indigenous issues. Not solely a text for specialists in post-secondary institutions, Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, explores the consequence of altered Native-newcomer relations, from cooperation to coercion, and the lasting legacy of this impasse."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2017
Fourth edition View all formats and editions
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2017
456 pages
9781487502058, 9781487521752, 1487502052, 1487521758
Preface to the Fourth EditionNote on TerminologyPreface to the Third EditionPreface to the First EditionINTRODUCTION 1 Indigenous Peoples and Europeans at the Time of ContactPART ONE: COOPERATION2 Early Contacts in the Eastern Woodlands 3 Commercial Partnership and Mutual Benefit4 Military Allies through a Century of WarfarePART TWO: COERCION5 From Alliance to "Irrelevance"6 Reserves, Residential Schools, and the Threat of Assimilation7 The Commercial Frontier on the Western Plains8 Contact, Commerce, and Christianity on the Pacific9 Resistance in Red River and the Numbered Treaties: "Bounty and Benevolence"10 The North-West Rebellion11 The Policy of the Bible and the Plough12 Residents and Transients in the North: Relations to the 1960sPART THREE: CONFRONTATION13 The Beginnings of Political Organization14 Land Claims and Self-Government from the White Paper to Guerin15 Meech, Oka, Charlottetown, Nass, and Ottawa: Relations 1986-2000PART FOUR: RECONCILIATION?16 Relations in the Twenty-First Century17 Do We Learn Anything from History?NotesSelect BibliographyIllustration CreditsIndexMapsFirst Nations of CanadaFirst Nations of northeastern North America at contactIroquoia (showing height of land)The Ohio and Illinois Country, 1754French possessions in North America, 1750Effect of the Royal Proclamation of 1763Location of western nations, 1821First Nations of British ColumbiaThe numbered treaties, 1871–1921North-West Rebellion, 1885
Subtitle on previous edition: A history of Indian-white relations in Canada