Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities

Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities


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Since the 1970s, Aboriginal people have been more likely to live in Canadian cities than on reserves or in rural areas. Aboriginal rural-to-urban migration and the development of urban Aboriginal communities represent one of the most significant shifts in the histories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The essays in Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Cities: Transformations and Continuities are from contributors directly engaged in urban Aboriginal communities; they draw on extensive ethnographic research on and by Aboriginal people and their own lived experiences.

The interdisciplinary studies of urban Aboriginal community and identity collected in this volume offer narratives of unique experiences and aspects of urban Aboriginal life. They provide innovative perspectives on cultural transformation and continuity and demonstrate how comparative examinations of the diversity within and across urban Aboriginal experiences contribute to broader understandings of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state and to theoretical debates about power dynamics in the production of community and in processes of identity formation.

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ISBN-13: 9781554582600
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Series: Indigenous Studies
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Heather A. Howard is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University and is affiliated faculty with the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto. She co-edited, with Rae Bridgman and Sally Cole, Feminist Fields: Ethnographic Insights (1999) and, with Susan Applegate Krouse, Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women’s Activism in Urban Areas (2009).

Craig Proulx is an associate professor in anthropology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2003 he published Reclaiming Aboriginal Justice, Community, and Identity, which discussed the Community Council Project, an Aboriginal-run diversion project in Toronto, Ontario. His current research is in the realm of media representations of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Table of Contents

1 Transformations and Continuities: An Introduction Heather A. Howard Craig Proulx 1

2 Urban Life: Reflections of a Middle-Class Indian David R. Newhouse 23

3 Nomadic Legacies and Contemporary Decision-Making Strategies between Reserve and City Regna Darnell 39

4 The Papaschase Band: Building Awareness and Community in the City of Edmonton Jaimy L. Miller 53

5 "Regaining the childhood I should have had": The Transformation of Inuit Identities, Institutions, and Community in Ottawa Donna Patrick Julie-Ann Tomiak Lynda Brown Heidi Langille Mihaela Vieru 69

6 The Friendship Centre: Native People and the Organization of Community in Cities Heather A. Howard 87

7 Neoliberalism and the Urban Aboriginal Experience: A Casino Rama Case Study Darrel Manitowabi 109

8 Challenges to and Successes in Urban Aboriginal Education in Canada: A Case Study of Wiingashk Secondary School Sadie Donovan 123

9 A Critical Discourse Analysis of John Stackhouse's "Welcome to Harlem on the Prairies" Craig Proulx 143

10 Urban Aboriginal Gangs and Street Sociality in the Canadian West: Places, Performances, and Predicaments of Transition Kathleen Buddle 171

11 "Why Is My People Sleeping?": First Nations Hip Hop between the Rez and the City Marianne Ignace 203

12 Plains Indian Ways to Inter-tribal Cultural Healing in Vancouver Lindy-Lou Flynn 227

Contributors 245

Index 249

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