Countless books and articles have traced the impact of colonialism and public policy on Canada's First Nations, but few have explored the impact of Aboriginal thought on public discourse and policy development in Canada. First Nations, First Thoughts brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars who cut through the prevailing orthodoxy to reveal Indigenous thinkers and activists as a pervasive presence in diverse political, historical, constitutional, and cultural debates. It examines the impact of Indigenous thought in multiple arenas, including urban spaces, universities, the courts, governments, archives, and museums. This innovative, thought-provoking collection encourages us to imagine a stronger, fairer Canada, one in which Aboriginal self-government and expression can be fully realized.
Annis May Timpson is Director of the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Contributors: Stephanie Bolton, Alison K. Brown, Robin Jarvis Brownlie, Margaret Kovach, Kiera L. Ladner, Fiona MacDonald, Leslie McCartney, Michael Murphy, Tim Patterson, Laura Peers, Gabrielle A. Slowey, and Martin Whittles
Acknowledgments Introduction: Indigenous Thought in Canada / Annis May Timpson Part 1: Challenging Dominant Discourses 1 First Nations Perspectives and Historical Thinking in Canada / Robin Jarvis Brownlie 2 Being Indigenous within the Academy: Creating Space for Indigenous Scholars / Margaret Kovach Part 2: Oral Histories and First Nations Narratives 3 Respecting Oral Histories of First Nations: Copyright Complexities in Archiving Aboriginal Stories / Leslie McCartney 4 Napi and the City: Siksikaitsitapi Narratives Revisited / Martin Whittles and Tim Patterson Part 3: Cultural Heritage and Representation 5 Colonial Photographs and Postcolonial Relationships: The Kainai-Oxford Photographic Histories Project / Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown 6 Museums Taken to Task: Representing First Peoples at the McCord Museum of Canadian History / Stephanie Bolton Part 4: Aboriginal Thought and Innovation in Subnational Governance 7 The Manitoba Government's Shift to "Autonomous" First Nations Child Welfare: Empowerment or Privatization? / Fiona MacDonald 8 Rethinking the Administration of Government: Inuit Representation, Culture, and Language in the Nunavut Public Service / Annis May Timpson 9 A Fine Balance? Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian North and the Dilemma of Development / Gabrielle A. Slowey Part 5: Thinking Back, Looking Forward: Political and Constitutional Reconciliation 10 Civilization, Self-Determination, and Reconciliation / Michael Murphy 11 Take 35: Reconciling Constitutional Orders / Kiera L. Ladner Contributors Index