Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada, Fourth Edition

By J. R. Miller

© 2018

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.

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Author J.R. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current impasse in which Indigenous peoples are resisting displacement and marginalization.

Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada, Fourth Edition

By J. R. Miller

© 2018

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    "If we learn anything from history it will be because of histories like Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, which help put into perspective what Buffy Ste. Marie sings about as the ‘bitter past’ and give to Indian-white relations a sense of hope."


    M.T. Kelly
    Globe and Mail

    "Any relationship by definition involves more than one party. J.R. Miller accurately represents the voices of the various players and agendas involved throughout the history of First Nations–Canadian associations. This is the strength of Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, and why it is the most erudite work in the genre. The fourth edition is needed and will be invaluable to the historiography and understanding of a complex, controversial, and current topic."


    Timothy C. Winegard, Department of History, Colorado Mesa University

    "With up-to-date and current information, the fourth edition of Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens is an important contribution to any Indigenous studies class, and is vital in initiating the conversation about Canada’s history, its influence on the lives of Indigenous peoples today, and how we may move forward."


    Barbara Barnes, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
  • Author Information

    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.
  • Table of contents

    Preface to the Fourth Edition
    Note on Terminology
    Preface to the Third Edition
    Preface to the First Edition

    INTRODUCTION
    1 Indigenous Peoples and Europeans at the Time of Contact

    PART ONE: COOPERATION
    2 Early Contacts in the Eastern Woodlands
    3 Commercial Partnership and Mutual Benefit
    4 Military Allies through a Century of Warfare

    PART TWO: COERCION
    5 From Alliance to "Irrelevance"
    6 Reserves, Residential Schools, and the Threat of Assimilation
    7 The Commercial Frontier on the Western Plains
    8 Contact, Commerce, and Christianity on the Pacific
    9 Resistance in Red River and the Numbered Treaties: "Bounty and Benevolence"
    10 The North-West Rebellion
    11 The Policy of the Bible and the Plough
    12 Residents and Transients in the North: Relations to the 1960s

    PART THREE: CONFRONTATION
    13 The Beginnings of Political Organization
    14 Land Claims and Self-Government from the White Paper to Guerin
    15 Meech, Oka, Charlottetown, Nass, and Ottawa: Relations 1986-2000

    PART FOUR: RECONCILIATION?
    16 Relations in the Twenty-First Century
    17 Do We Learn Anything from History?

    Notes
    Select Bibliography
    Illustration Credits
    Index

    Maps
    First Nations of Canada
    First Nations of northeastern North America at contact
    Iroquoia (showing height of land)
    The Ohio and Illinois Country, 1754
    French possessions in North America, 1750
    Effect of the Royal Proclamation of 1763
    Location of western nations, 1821
    First Nations of British Columbia
    The numbered treaties, 1871–1921
    North-West Rebellion, 1885

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