History and Origins

The film excerpts in this theme look at the creation myth of the Wendat, the life of the Mi’kmaq before European settlement, the origin of the word “Canada,” and the question of territory under the English and French regimes.

Excerpts


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 1

Our Nationhood 2


Articles

Morantz, Toby. “Plunder or Harmony? On Merging European and Native Views of Early Contact.” In Germaine Warkentin and Carolyn Podruchny, eds. Decentring the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in Multidisciplinary Perspective, 1500-1700. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001: 48-67.

Trigger, Bruce G. “Early Native North American Responses to European Contact: Romantic Versus Rationalistic Interpretations.” Journal of American History 77:4 (Mar. 1991): 1195-215.

Walker, James St. G. “The Indian in Canadian Historical Writing.” Canadian Historical Association, Historical Papers, 1971: 21-47 [available online October 10th, 2006]

Books and Reports

Adams, Howard. Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View. Rev. ed. Saskatoon, SK: Fifth House, 1989.

Brown, Jennifer S.H. and Elizabeth Vibert, eds. Reading Beyond Words: Contexts for Native History. 2nd ed. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003.

Canada. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. 5 v. Ottawa: The Commission, 1996. [available online October 10th, 2006]

Denis, Claude. We Are Not You: First Nations and Canadian Modernity. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1997.

Dickason, Olive Patricia. Canada’s First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times. 3rd. ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Dickason, Olive Patricia. A Concise History of Canada's First Nations. Adapted by Moira Calder. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Dickason, Olive Patricia. The Myth of the Savage: And the Beginnings of French Colonialism in the Americas. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1997 [1984].

Faries, Emily J. A History of Quebec and Canada. Chisasibi, QC: Cree School Board, 2002.

Frideres, James S. Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Contemporary Conflicts. 7th ed. Toronto: Prentice Hall Canada, 2004.

Lepage, Pierre. Aboriginal Peoples: Fact and Fiction. translation, Jan Jordon. Québec, QC: Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, 2002.

Magocsi, Paul Robert, ed. Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Miller, J. R. Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada. 3rd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Morrison, R. Bruce and C. Roderick Wilson, eds. Native Peoples: The Canadian Experience. 3rd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Patterson, Palmer E. The Canadian Indian: A History Since 1500. Toronto: Collier-Macmillan, 1972.

Ray, Arthur J. I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People. Rev. ed. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2005.

Sioui, Georges E. For an Amerindian Autohistory: An Essay on the Foundations of a Social Ethic. Trans. by Sheila Fischman. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's U.P., 1992.

Sioui, Georges E. Huron-Wendat: The Heritage of the Circle. Trans. by Jane Brierley. Rev. ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999.


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