Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada, Fourth Edition
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.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 456 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"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."
Globe and Mail
Author InformationJ.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
- First Nations and Europeans at the Time of Contact
- Early contacts in the Eastern Woodlands
- Commercial Partnership and Mutual Benefit
- Military Allies through a Century of Warfare
- From Alliance to Irrelevance
- Reserves, Residential Schools, and the Threat of Assimilation
- The Commercial Frontier on the Western Plains
- Contact, Commerce, and Christianity on the Pacific
- Resistance in Red River and the Numbered Treaties
- The North-West Rebellion
- The Policy of the Bible and the Plough
- Residents and Transients in the North
- The Emergence of Effective Political Organization
- Land Claims in the Courts and Public Debates
- From Standoffs to the Beginning of Resolution
- Uncertain Steps towards Reconciliation: Grappling with the Legacy of Residential Schools
- Do We Learn Anything from History?
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