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A Concise History of Canada's First Nations [Paperback]

Olive Patricia Dickason , William Newbigging

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May 6 2010 0195432428 978-0195432428 Second Edition
A fully updated, streamlined edition of the award-winning Canada's First Nations, this brief but comprehensive history of Canada's founding nations traces the past of more than fifty First Nations. The new second edition documents the history and contributions of Canada's original inhabitants from pre-contact and first encounters with Europeans to present struggles for self-determination, offering the most complete account possible of the individual nations that are now recognized as Canada's founding peoples.

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Olive Patricia Dickason, professor emeritus, University of Alberta, and adjunct professor of history, University of Ottawa, is the author of several books, including The Myth of the Savage (1984, 1997) and The Law of Nations and the New World, with L.C. Green (1989). Dr Dickason is a Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Aboriginal Life Achievement Award, Canadian Native Arts Foundation. Through her distinguished career she has remained proud of her Metis heritage. William Newbigging is an associate professor and head of the history department at Algoma University. He has taught Aboriginal history for nearly 10 years. Dr Newbigging also makes a point of regularly attending Aboriginal learning conferences and Native studies workshops in order to learn more about the needs of Aboriginal students. He has recently finished his first book, History of French-Ottawa Alliance, to be published with University of Nebraska Press.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, balanced history of Canada's First Nations Nov. 25 2007
By Arthur Digbee - Published on Amazon.com
This book tells Canada's history from a Native perspective. She strives to be even-handed in dealing with all of Canada's nations. For example, she recognizes Norse and Basque peoples and their interactions with the First Nations even before the French arrived. She has also written the book in a very careful, balanced style, and there are no polemics here. I should note that Dickason is herself of Metis heritage; the Metis are of mixed Native-white heritage and now comprise their own nation. Doubtless that personal background contributes to her perspective here.

Dickason excels at presenting the big picture, especially in the period up until about 1850. She does not focus on the details of individual battles or treaties, but discusses trends and analyzes patterns. That wider perspective breaks down a bit as the book gets closer to the present day, with greater emphasis on individual events and people.

Because of this analytical approach, the book does not follow chronology strictly. For example, Chapter 14 begins with Native resistance and its successes in the 1960s and 1970s before looking further back at a League of Nations case in the 1920s. After that, the chapter whipsaws forward again to century's end. I prefer this kind of history, where themes dominate sequence, but others might not.

Though fairly long itself, this book is a condensation of Dickason's longer history (which I haven't read). Calder was in charge of cutting the book down, rewriting sections as needed to make the condensation work. She has succeeded - - this book feels as if it was written this way, not adapted or condensed from a longer work. It feels thorough, though not exhaustive.

I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could; it misses out on 5 stars by not having that extra something that would appeal to people who aren't already interested in these topics. All in all, it's a very good book to have on your shelf if you are interested in aboriginal history in North America, Canadian history, or the intersection between them.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is so racist! Oct. 10 2008
By A. MacNeil - Published on Amazon.com
I was shocked at the content in this book! This book is written by a non-first nations person to be used by non-FN people to tell the story from a very one sided view. It was on the reading list for my FNAT class at university and the instructor has told us to not believe everything you read. She has directed us to read books written by FN ppl (hard to find cause they don't sell as well) and make our own opinions. This book uses theories that have been proven incorrect many times over. This book does not present both sides of the story and quite often gives incorrect information about the FN people. BTW I am not FN but will tell you that after reading this book I am embarassed to be white!

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