First Nations, First Thoughts
The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada
First Nations, First Thoughts affirms the priority of Indigenous thought in understanding and developing public discourses in Canada, and constitutes another step forward in ensuring that Indigenous and Settler people continue to work towards a truly postcolonial future.
First Nations, First Thoughts is a comprehensive argument for decolonization, focusing specifically on the reconciliation of Indigenous thought with a transformed discourse of the Canadian state and with many of the institutions of Canadian society … This book has no rival in its coverage of the multiple issues involved in the search for reconciliation.
This is a luminous collection of voices that reveals the power of Indigenous thought and that must be read to comprehend the transformation of Canadian thought and the spirit of the Indigenous renaissance.
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
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 Nápi 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
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