Seen but Not Seen: Influential Canadians and the First Nations from the 1840s to 2020

By Donald B. Smith

© 2021

Throughout the nineteenth and most of the twentieth century, the majority of Canadians argued that European "civilization" must replace Indigenous culture. The ultimate objective was assimilation into the dominant society.

Seen but Not Seen explores the history of Indigenous marginalization and why non-Indigenous Canadians failed to recognize Indigenous societies and cultures as worthy of respect. Approaching the issue biographically, Donald B. Smith presents the commentaries of sixteen influential Canadians – including John A. Macdonald, George Grant, and Emily Carr – who spoke extensively on Indigenous subjects. Supported by documentary records spanning over nearly two centuries, Seen but Not Seen covers fresh ground in the history of settler-Indigenous relations.

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  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Illustrations: 75
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Based on decades of extensive archival research, Seen but Not Seen uncovers a great swath of previously-unknown information about settler-Indigenous relations in Canada.

Seen but Not Seen: Influential Canadians and the First Nations from the 1840s to 2020

By Donald B. Smith

© 2021

Throughout the nineteenth and most of the twentieth century, the majority of Canadians argued that European "civilization" must replace Indigenous culture. The ultimate objective was assimilation into the dominant society.

Seen but Not Seen explores the history of Indigenous marginalization and why non-Indigenous Canadians failed to recognize Indigenous societies and cultures as worthy of respect. Approaching the issue biographically, Donald B. Smith presents the commentaries of sixteen influential Canadians – including John A. Macdonald, George Grant, and Emily Carr – who spoke extensively on Indigenous subjects. Supported by documentary records spanning over nearly two centuries, Seen but Not Seen covers fresh ground in the history of settler-Indigenous relations.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Illustrations: 75
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Donald B. Smith is a professor emeritus of History at the University of Calgary.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of Illustrations
    Maps

    Prologue
    Note on Terminology

    1. John A. Macdonald and the “Indians”
    2. Rev. John McDougall and the Stoney Nakoda
    3. George Grant: An English Canadian Public Intellectual and the “Indians”
    4. Chancellor John A. Boyd and a Fellow Georgian Bay Cottager, Kathleen Coburn 
    5. Duncan Campbell Scott: Determined Assimilationist 
    6. Paul A.W. Wallace and the “White Roots of Peace”
    7. Quebec Viewpoints: From Lionel Groulx to Jacques Rousseau
    8. Attitudes on the Pacific Coast: Franz Boas, Emily Carr, and Maisie Hurley 
    9. Alberta Perspectives: Long Lance, John Laurie, Hugh Dempsey, and Harold Cardinal

    Epilogue: The First Nations and Canada’s Conscience

    Bibliography   
    Notes
    Index

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