Circles of Time
Aboriginal Land Rights and Resistance in Ontario
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The origin of the events during the summer of 1990 in a little-known area of Quebec lies deep within the history of Canada. Resistance to government’s handling of land claims is not new, but the extreme and violent form of the response at Oka heralded a new approach by First Nations to the resolution of Aboriginal land and treaty rights in Canada.
Circles of Time documents the experiences of Aboriginal people, their history and recent negotiations in Ontario, and provides insight into the historiography of the treaty-making process, particularly in the last quarter-century. Controversial decisions such as the Temagami case and Oka are detailed, and McNab, who draws on archival sources that support oral history, provides a new perspective on land claims issues.
Such compelling background information will be invaluable to anyone endeavoring to understand the origin and the current controversies surrounding Aboriginal land and treaty rights, and will clarify the reasons for resistance. Above all, this book will remind us we must never forget that this history belongs to Aboriginal people. Turtle Island is their place, and their oral history can no longer be ignored.
David T. McNab is a Métis historian who has worked for three decades on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. McNab teaches in the School of Arts and Letters in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto where he is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies. He has also been a claims advisor for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig., Walpole Island Heritage Center, Bkejwanong First Nations since 1992. In addition to more than seventy articles, McNab has published Earth, Water, Air and Fire: Studies in Canadian Ethnohistory (editor) (1998) and Circles of Time: Aboriginal Land Rights and Resistance in Ontario (1999) as well as the co-edited (with Ute Lischke) Blockades and Resistance: Studies in Actions of Peace and the Temagami Blockades of 1988-89 (2003), Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and their Representations (2005), and The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, (2007) all with WLU Press.
“Anyone interested in the minefield that is native studies, and the ‘Indian industry’ that has grown up around it, should read David McNab’s book...a strong introduction to the contentious issue of aboriginal lands and resources.”
— David Calverley, Nipissing University, Ontario History
By the same author
Earth, Water, Air and Fire: Studies in Canadian Ethnohistory, for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig.; David T. McNab, editor
Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations, Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, editors
The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, Ute Lischke and David T. McNab, editors