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Since the 1970s, Aboriginal people have been more likely to live in Canadian cities than on reserves or in rural areas. Aboriginal rural-to-urban migration and the development of urban Aboriginal communities represent one of the most significant shifts in the histories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The essays in Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities are from contributors directly engaged in urban Aboriginal communities; they draw on extensive ethnographic research on and by Aboriginal people and their own lived experiences.

The interdisciplinary studies of urban Aboriginal community and identity collected in this volume offer narratives of unique experiences and aspects of urban Aboriginal life. They provide innovative perspectives on cultural transformation and continuity and demonstrate how comparative examinations of the diversity within and across urban Aboriginal experiences contribute to broader understandings of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state and to theoretical debates about power dynamics in the production of community and in processes of identity formation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Transformations and Continuities: An Introduction
  2. Heather A. Howard and Craig Proulx
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Urban Life: Reflections of a Middle-Class Indian
  2. David R. Newhouse
  3. pp. 23-38
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  1. 3. Nomadic Legacies and Contemporary Decision-Making Strategies between Reserve and City
  2. Regna Darnell
  3. pp. 39-52
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  1. 4. The Papaschase Band: Building Awareness and Community in the City of Edmonton
  2. Jaimy L. Miller
  3. pp. 53-68
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  1. 5. “Regaining the childhood I should have had”: The Transformation of Inuit Identities, Institutions, and Community in Ottawa
  2. Donna Patrick, Julie-Ann Tomiak, Lynda Brown, Heidi Langille, and Mihaela Vieru
  3. pp. 69-86
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  1. 6. The Friendship Centre: Native People and the Organization of Community in Cities
  2. Heather A. Howard
  3. pp. 87-108
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  1. 7. Neoliberalism and the Urban Aboriginal Experience: A Casino Rama Case Study
  2. Darrel Manitowabi
  3. pp. 109-122
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  1. 8. Challenges to and Successes in Urban Aboriginal Education in Canada: A Case Study of Wiingashk Secondary School
  2. Sadie Donovan
  3. pp. 123-142
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  1. 9. A Critical Discourse Analysis of John Stackhouse’s “Welcome to Harlem on the Prairies”
  2. Craig Proulx
  3. pp. 143-170
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  1. 10. Urban Aboriginal Gangs and Street Sociality in the Canadian West: Places, Performances, and Predicaments of Transition
  2. Kathleen Buddle
  3. pp. 171-202
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  1. 11. “Why Is My People Sleeping?”: First Nations Hip Hop between the Rez and the City
  2. Marianne Ignace
  3. pp. 203-226
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  1. 12. Plains Indian Ways to Inter-Tribal Cultural Healing in Vancouver
  2. Lindy-Lou Flynn
  3. pp. 227-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-253
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  1. Back cover
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