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Indigenous Peoples within Canada

A Concise History, Fourth Edition

Olive Patricia Dickason and William Newbigging

Carefully and conscientiously updated, this fourth edition is a brief but comprehensive overview of the long and vibrant history of Indigenous Peoples within what is now Canada. This engaging, chronological text offers a multifaceted account from time immemorial and pre-contact to present-day movements towards self-determination.

Readership : First- and second-year students taking Indigenous/First Nations/Aboriginal history or introduction to Indigenous studies courses.


  • "This new edition offers a refreshing and much-needed take on Indigenous histories in the area now known as Canada. It centers Indigenous voices to disrupt colonial historical narratives and situate contact, colonialism, and Canadian state expansion as complex and often violent processes. It critically engages with established settler narratives about Canada's history without casting Indigenous peoples as victims."
    --Sarah Nickel, University of Saskatchewan

  • "This is a comprehensive history of First Peoples in what is now Canada, a rich cornucopia of fact and story that brings to life the diversity of Indigenous societies from time immemorial, their relations with each other as well as with colonizing powers, and their long struggle to reassert their self-determination and survive and thrive as peoples in the modern world."
    --Victoria Freeman, York University

Publisher's Preface NEW
List of Indigenous Autonyms/Preferred Terms NEW
1. Origin Stories NEW
2. At the Beginning
3. First Meetings
4. On the Eastern Edge of the Mainland
5. The Wendat Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the European Colonizers
6. Some Indigenous-Colonial Wars
7. The Struggle against British Colonialisms
8. Westward and Northward
9. The British Alliance of 1812-14
10. The "Indian Problem": Isolation, Assimilation, and Experimentation
11. Towards Confederation for Canada, Towards Wardship for Indigenous Peoples
12. The First Numbered Treaties, Police, and the Indian Act
13. Time of Troubles
14. Repression and Resistance
15. Tightening the Reins: Resistance Grows and Organizes
16. Development Heads North
17. Canadian Courts and Aboriginal Rights
18. The Road to Self-Government
19. Reconciliation and Revitalization

Instructor's Manual:
- Thematic table of contents
- Guide to using the book with Burnett/Read, Aboriginal History: A Reader NEW
For each chapter:
· Detailed chapter outline
· 2-3 suggested exercises
· 5-7 suggested discussion questions
· 3-5 suggested essay questions with answer key
· 5-7 suggested short answer questions with answer key
- 3-5 suggested web resources
Image Bank:
- All photos, art, timelines, and maps from the text
Companion Website:
- Map of Indigenous groups across Canada
- Expanded list of autonyms/preferred terms NEW
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
- Web links (from textbook as well as additional suggestions)
- List of key terms and important names in each chapter NEW
- Suggested essay questions (different from those included in the Instructor's Manual)
- In-depth look at art pieces in the chapter NEW
E-Book ISBN 9780199028511

The late Olive Patricia Dickason was Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and adjunct professor of history at the University of Ottawa. She was the author of several books, named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996, and received the Aboriginal Life Achievement Award, Canadian Native Arts Foundation, in 1997.

William Newbigging is an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University, where he has taught Indigenous history since 1993. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto. He is also a long-time research associate of Batchewana First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Walpole Island First Nation, as well as many other First Nations and associations across Canada and the United States.

Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada - Edited by Martin J. Cannon and Lina Sunseri
Aboriginal History - Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read
Native Peoples - Edited by C. Roderick Wilson and Christopher Fletcher
Canada's First Nations - The late Olive Patricia Dickason and David T. McNab
Peace, Power, Righteousness - Taiaiake Alfred
Visions of the Heart - David Long and Olive Patricia Dickason
First Nations in the Twenty-First Century - James S. Frideres

Special Features

  • Draws from a wide range of disciplines - including history, archeology, anthropology, biology, sociology, and political science - to present the most complete account possible of Indigenous history.
  • Incorporates Indigenous voices - including a new chapter on origin stories, as well as Indigenous artists' work and quotations throughout - ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are integrated.
  • Indigenous Leaders boxes offer students insight into the lives of prominent Indigenous men and women whose actions helped to shape the history of their people and Canada.
  • Coverage of Indigenous civilizations prior to European contact focuses on world views, languages, and ways of life to reveal how the land was already home to a multitude of peoples with their own rich culture and complex pasts.
  • Thorough coverage of Indigenous-European relations emphasizes the consequences of early repression after the confrontations of 1885.
  • Outlines contributions of Indigenous Peoples to agriculture, animal domestication, technologies, and more, exposing students to their important role in Canadian history.
  • Clear, succinct writing style makes the material engaging and accessible for students.
New to this Edition
  • Extensive revisions to Indigenous names, nations, and titles honour the rights of Indigenous peoples to self-representation and self-determination.
  • List of Indigenous Autonyms/Preferred Terms feature provides the terms Indigenous peoples use to refer to themselves, alternate spellings, the terms used for these peoples in European history, and their geographic location and language grouping.
  • New chapter on origin stories covers Indigenous ways of knowing, the oral tradition, and expands coverage of time immemorial and pre-contact history, to ground the text in an Indigenous rather than Eurocentric historical perspective.
  • Captivating art pieces in every chapter--plus a new full-colour interior design--engage visual learners and provide a more nuanced representation of Indigenous cultures and perspectives.
  • New and revised coverage of contemporary topics--such as the government of Canada's adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Indigenous Affairs cabinet split, and the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls--ensures students understand how history has real-world consequences for, and continues to be shaped by, Indigenous people within Canada today.
  • Extensively updated chapters on self-determination (Ch. 18) and reconciliation and revitalization (Ch. 19)---plus a newly revised epilogue--ensure that the text is up-to-date with the latest changes to the relationships between the Canadian government and Indigenous peoples.