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.
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
- Page Count: 456 pages
- Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
"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
"Drawing on recent scholarship, [Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens] is both broad and even-handed, covering developments in the Indigenous-settler relationship as it headed into the twenty-first century…."
Susan Neylan, Wilfred Laurier University
The Canadian Historical Review, Vol 100 1, March ‘19
"Any relationship by definition involves more than one party. J.R. Miller accurately represents the voices of the various players and agendas involved throughout the history of First Nations–Canadian associations. This is the strength of Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, and why it is the most erudite work in the genre. The fourth edition is needed and will be invaluable to the historiography and understanding of a complex, controversial, and current topic."
Timothy C. Winegard, Department of History, Colorado Mesa University
"With up-to-date and current information, the fourth edition of Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens is an important contribution to any Indigenous studies class, and is vital in initiating the conversation about Canada’s history, its influence on the lives of Indigenous peoples today, and how we may move forward."
Barbara Barnes, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Note on Terminology
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Indigenous Peoples and Europeans at the Time of Contact
PART ONE: COOPERATION
2 Early Contacts in the Eastern Woodlands
3 Commercial Partnership and Mutual Benefit
4 Military Allies through a Century of Warfare
PART TWO: COERCION
5 From Alliance to "Irrelevance"
6 Reserves, Residential Schools, and the Threat of Assimilation
7 The Commercial Frontier on the Western Plains
8 Contact, Commerce, and Christianity on the Pacific
9 Resistance in Red River and the Numbered Treaties: "Bounty and Benevolence"
10 The North-West Rebellion
11 The Policy of the Bible and the Plough
12 Residents and Transients in the North: Relations to the 1960s
PART THREE: CONFRONTATION
13 The Beginnings of Political Organization
14 Land Claims and Self-Government from the White Paper to Guerin
15 Meech, Oka, Charlottetown, Nass, and Ottawa: Relations 1986-2000
PART FOUR: RECONCILIATION?
16 Relations in the Twenty-First Century
17 Do We Learn Anything from History?
First Nations of Canada
First Nations of northeastern North America at contact
Iroquoia (showing height of land)
The Ohio and Illinois Country, 1754
French possessions in North America, 1750
Effect of the Royal Proclamation of 1763
Location of western nations, 1821
First Nations of British Columbia
The numbered treaties, 1871–1921
North-West Rebellion, 1885