General Indigenous History Resources
The First Nations of Ontario : social and historical transitions by
Call Number: Weldon Library 3rd Floor , King's and Huron - E78.O5H38 2017
Publication Date: 2017
This book discusses the social and cultural characteristics of the First Nations peoples of Ontario, from early prehistoric times to present day. It aims to provide an accessible introduction to the complex and diverse socio-economic issues, histories, and cultures of the First Nations of Ontario, situated within the larger context of Indigenous issues in Canada. The author examines historical transitions and contemporary conditions, covering such topics as treaties, the archaeology of the Province of Ontario, neo-colonial trends, restorative justice, and the present challenges facing the Indigenous population. Text boxes scattered throughout the text offer profiles of notable Indigenous personalities in Ontario, and the appendices provide profiles on every First Nation in Ontario and an extensive listing of various internet resources.
The inconvenient Indian : a curious account of Native People in North America by
Call Number: E77.K566 2013
Publication Date: 2013
The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. This book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
Reading Beyond Words by
Call Number: E76.8.R43 2009
Publication Date: 2003
Print. The first edition of this collection presented some of the best new efforts to examine critically the possible interpretations of Indigenous North American history and Indigenous-European encounters over 500 years. In the extensively revised new edition, three new "encounter studies" have been added, presenting original and thought-provoking work not previously published: the Frobisher expeditions and their relations with the Inuit in the 1570s; Thanadelthur, the remarkable Dene woman who brought her people to a peace with the Cree and to trade with the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1700s; and the previously unexamined dynamics of Cree-Oblate missionary relations on Hudson Bay in the late 1800s to mid-1900s, as seen from both sides.
The World of Indigenous North America by
Call Number: E77.W882 2015
Publication Date: 2015
A comprehensive look at issues that concern indigenous people in North America. This book takes on the fields of law, archaeology, literature, socio-linguistics, geography, sciences, and gender studies, among others, in order to make sense of the Indigenous experience. Covering both Canada's First Nations and the Native American tribes of the United States, and alluding to the work being done in indigenous studies through the rest of the world, the volume reflects the critical mass of scholarship that has developed in Indigenous Studies over the past decade, and highlights the best new work that is emerging in the field.
Gathering places : aboriginal and fur trade histories by
Call Number: E78.C2G38 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Online and print. British traders and Ojibwe hunters. Cree women and their metis daughters. These people and their complex identities were not featured in history writing until the 1970s, when scholars from multiple disciplines began to bring new perspectives to bear on the past. Gathering Places presents some of the most innovative approaches to metis, fur trade, and First Nations history being practised today. By drawing on archaeological, material, oral, and ethnographic evidence and exploring personal approaches to history and scholarship, the authors depart from the old paradigm of history writing and offer new models for recovering Indigenous and cross-cultural experiences and perspectives.
Louis Riel and the creation of modern Canada : mythic discourse and the postcolonial state by
Call Number: F1060.9.R53R45 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Set against the backdrop of the the Red River Uprising of 1869–70 and the North-West Rebellion of 1885 led by Louis Riel in defense of Métis and other minority rights, Jennifer Reid examines Riel’s religious background, the mythic significance that has consciously been ascribed to him, and how these elements combined to influence Canada’s search for a national identity. Reid’s study provides a framework for rethinking the geopolitical significance of the modern Canadian state, the historic role of Confederation in establishing the country’s collective self-image, and the narrative space through which Riel’s voice speaks to these issues.
Riel's Defence by
Call Number: Huron Stacks FC3217.1.R53A3 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-01
Print and online. During Louis Riel's 1885 trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel's Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel's political and personal concerns. The first and better known of the two speeches addresses the jury, while Riel's second speech - rarely reprinted - addresses the court following his guilty verdict. Both orations have been edited, annotated, and reprinted, and are followed by essays from diverse perspectives including philosophy, law, history, political science, religion, and communication studies. Through the course of their inquiry, contributors come to understand more about Riel's personal character and political thought, as well as his arguments supporting Métis land claims, grievances against the federal government, and his immigration plan for the North-West. Evaluating the rhetorical quality, legal merit, and cultural stakes of his speeches, Riel's Defence reveals the significance of the last public statements made by a man who indelibly shaped Canada’s history by combining his personal vision with a national vision.
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