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608 pp.
105 photos; 25 maps, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Canada's First Nations

A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times, Fourth Edition

The late Olive Patricia Dickason and David T. McNab

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 is carefully 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 been fully 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 separate and proud tradition.

Readership : 2nd, and 3rd year courses on Native Studies, Native Peoples, Indigenous Studies and Ethnohistory.

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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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 Métis 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.

A History of the Canadian Peoples - J. M. Bumsted
A Concise History of Canada's First Nations - Olive Patricia Dickason and adapted by Moira Calder
Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones

Special Features

  • Truly comprehensive. Ensuring students are getting a complete and detailed understanding of the history of Canada's First Nations, the text provides a thorough study of First Nations peoples from as far back as can be constructed from archaeological evidence to present day.
  • Interdisciplinary approach. Embracing approaches from a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, biology, sociology, political science, and history, the text gives students a well-rounded, balanced overview of the past and present of Canada's First Nations.
  • Updated art program. New to this edition are 20 additional photos and a map of historical sites, which will appeal to visual learners.
  • NEW! Current topics. The text has been updated to include recent events such as the effects of global warming on the Innu, the Ipperwash Inquiry, and the Caledonia land claims dispute, ensuring students are reading a text that is relevant and up-to-date.
  • NEW! 2006 Census data. Included in this edition is the recently released 2006 Census data, providing students with the most current Canadian data available.