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Aboriginal People and Other Canadians

Shaping New Relationships

Edited by Martin Thornton and Roy Todd

Publication Year: 2001

Aboriginal People and Other Canadians discusses a wide variety of issues in Native studies including social exclusion, marginalization and identity; justice, equality and gender; self-help and empowerment in Aboriginal communities and in the cities; and, methodological and historiographical representations of social relationships. The contributors attempt to gauge whether the last decade of the twentieth century was a time of constructive transition and whether new patterns of relations are emerging after the recent challenges to the colonial legacy by Aboriginal people.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Series: International Canadian Studies Series


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pp. xi

This study of the changing relations between Aboriginal people and other Canadians is based upon research funded by the Canadian High Commission and the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom under their Canadian Society in Transition Sustained Study Award programme (1996-98). The authors are members of the Centre ...

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Chapter 1 Introduction

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pp. 1-5

The televised confrontations between Mohawks and the army at Oka, Quebec, in the summer of 1990 provided high drama which caught the attention of Canadians across the nation. In the following year, after the collapse of the Meech Lake Accord, and in the context of continuing failures to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples was established. ...

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Chapter 2 Aspects of the History of Aboriginal People and their Relationships with Colonial, National and Provincial Governments in Canada

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pp. 7-24

The official attitude of the Canadian government towards Aboriginal people has become one of reconciliation and an acceptance of past wrong-doing. Not only has this required some agreement between Aboriginal people about what was wrong in this collective history, but it has also required a methodological understanding of how the past should be perceived and analysed in what is not an exact science. ...

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Chapter 3 The Historiography of Christian Missions to Canada's First Peoples since 1970

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pp. 25-92

This paper has two sections. The first part presents a critical analysis of writings about the Christian missionary endeavour to Canada's First Peoples published since 1970. It is based on the second part, which takes the form of a bibliography. ...

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Chapter 4 Aboriginal People in the City

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pp. 93-129

There is an apparent emphasis upon Aboriginal People on reserves in public discussion in Canada, in the volumes of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and in the academic literature. The most common topics of discussion, including land claims, treaty rights, disputes about clear-cut logging and conflict over hydro-electric ...

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Chapter 5 Aboriginal Peoples: Health and Healing

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pp. 131-159

Throughout the twentieth century, the health status of the Aboriginal population, whether assessed by mortality or morbidity rates or other indicators of general social malaise, has been significantly worse than for the rest of Canadians. Aboriginal peoples have been denied control of their own communities and lives, and have felt helpless in the midst ...

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Chapter 6 Canadian Aboriginal Justice Circles: Alternatives or Compromise in the Politics of Criminal Justice

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pp. 161-186

A disturbing recent trend within the criminal justice policies of many western societies has been for governments to "play the crime card" (Roberts, 1998, p. 420) and introduce more repressive penal policies in order to placate public and political pressure. Such strategies, ultimately, serve to negate the move that gained momentum during the ...

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Chapter 7 Icons, Flagships and Identities: Aboriginal Tourism in British Columbia

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pp. 187-210

Across Canada, web-sites, brochures and billboards invite browsers and passers-by to enter the distinctive cultural worlds of Canada's First Nations. From luxury resort hotels and archaeological sites to whale watching and powwows, Aboriginal Canada has become increasingly visible to the tourist. The emergence of Aboriginal interest in tourism ...


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pp. 211-222

E-ISBN-13: 9780776615325
E-ISBN-10: 0776615327
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776605418
Print-ISBN-10: 0776605410

Page Count: 222
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: International Canadian Studies Series