Roots of Entanglement: Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations

Edited by Myra Rutherdale, Kerry Abel, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

© 2017

Roots of Entanglement offers an historical exploration of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and European newcomers in the territory that would become Canada. Various engagements between Indigenous peoples and the state are emphasized and questions are raised about the ways in which the past has been perceived and how those perceptions have shaped identity and, in turn, interaction both past and present.

Specific topics such as land, resources, treaties, laws, policies, and cultural politics are explored through a range of perspectives that reflect state-of-the-art research in the field of Indigenous history. Editors Myra Rutherdale, Whitney Lackenbauer, and Kerry Abel have assembled an array of top scholars including luminaries such as Keith Carlson, Bill Waiser, Skip Ray, and Ken Coates. Roots of Entanglement is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for a better appreciation of the complexities of history in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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  • Page Count: 464 pages
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Roots of Entanglement offers an historical exploration of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and European newcomers in the territory that would become Canada.

Roots of Entanglement: Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations

Edited by Myra Rutherdale, Kerry Abel, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

© 2017

Roots of Entanglement offers an historical exploration of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and European newcomers in the territory that would become Canada. Various engagements between Indigenous peoples and the state are emphasized and questions are raised about the ways in which the past has been perceived and how those perceptions have shaped identity and, in turn, interaction both past and present.

Specific topics such as land, resources, treaties, laws, policies, and cultural politics are explored through a range of perspectives that reflect state-of-the-art research in the field of Indigenous history. Editors Myra Rutherdale, Whitney Lackenbauer, and Kerry Abel have assembled an array of top scholars including luminaries such as Keith Carlson, Bill Waiser, Skip Ray, and Ken Coates. Roots of Entanglement is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for a better appreciation of the complexities of history in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Emerging from the field of Canadian Native-newcomer relations, this edited volume focuses on Natives seen as individuals instead of a generalized people, engaging with the historic or contemporary circumstances of colonial invasion."


    F. K. Holmes
    Choice Connect October 2018 vol. 56 # 2

    "Roots of Entanglement is centred on various aspects of the history of Indigenous-newcomer relations, focusing on the legacy of J.R. Miller prize-winning scholar and former Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan. As such, this collection of essays extends the discussion around Miller’s own areas of focus to address the questions central to understanding this relationship: ‘Why don’t we get along? What are the roots of this entanglement?’"


    Susan Neylan, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University

    "Bringing together a diverse list of contributors, Roots of Entanglement spans a range of themes and chronologies. The collection makes an extremely strong contribution to Indigenous history, to Canadian history, and by extension to the history of the impact of settler colonization more widely."


    John Reid, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
  • Author Information

    Myra Rutherdale was a professor in the Department of History at York University.


    Kerry Abel was a professor in the Department of History at Carleton University.


    P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a professor in the Department of History and co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism at the University of Waterloo.
  • Table of contents

    I Introduction

    Myra Rutherdale, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, and Kerry Abel

    II The Crown, Colonial Spaces, and Aboriginality

    The Simcoes and the Indians, Kerry Abel

    Lord Bury and the First Nations: A Year in the Canadas, Donald B. Smith

    “Chief Teller of Tales”: John Buchan’s Ideas on Indigenous Peoples, the Commonwealth, and an Emerging Idea of Canada, 1935-40, Brendan Frederick R. Edwards

    At the Crossroads of Militarism and Modernization: Inuit-Military Relations in the Cold War Arctic, P. Whitney Lackenbauer

    Alaska Highway Nurses and DEW Line Doctors: Medical Encounters in Northern Canadian Indigenous Communities, Myra Rutherdale

    III Interraciality and Education

    Negotiating Aboriginal Interraciality in Three Early British Columbian Indian Residential Schools, Jean Barman

    Language, Place, and Kinship Ties: Past and Present Necessities for Métis Education, Jonathan Anuik

    IV Law, Legislation, and History

    They Have Suffered the Most: First Nations and the Aftermath of the 1885 North-West Rebellion, Bill Waiser

    “Powerless To Protect”: Ontario Game Protection Legislation, Unreported and Indetermined Case Law, and the Criminalization of Indian Hunting in the Robinson Treaty Territories, 1892-1931, Frank Tough

    One Good Thing: Law and Elevator Etiquette in the Indian Territories, Hamar Foster

    Reclaiming History through the Courts: Aboriginal Rights, the Marshall Decision, and Maritime History, Kenneth S. Coates

    VI Anthropologists, Historians, and the Indigenous Historiography

    “We Could Not Help Noticing the Fact That Many of Them Were Cross-eyed”: Historical Evidence and Coast Salish Leadership, Keith Carlson

    An Appealing Anthropology, Frozen in Time: Diamond Jenness’ The Indians of Canada, Dianne Newell and Arthur J. Ray

    VII Conclusion

    Aboriginal Research in Troubled Times, Alan C. Cairns

    Note on Contributors

By the Same Author(s)