Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada

Book, 2001, 481 pp
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Highly acclaimed when the first edition appeared in 1989, this is the first comprehensive account of Indian-white relations throughout Canada's history. J.R. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current impasse in which Indians are resisting displacement and marginalization.

This new edition is the result of substantial revision to incorporate current scholarship and bring the text up to date. It includes new material on the North, and reflects changes brought about by the Oka crisis, the sovereignty issue, and the various court decisions of the 1990s. It includes new material on residential schools, treaty making, and land claims.
"If we learn anything from history it will be because of histories like Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, which help put into perspective what Buffy Ste. Marie sings about as the "bitter past" and give to Indian-white relations a sense of hope."
M.T. Kelly, Globe and Mail

J.R. Miller's well-written account ... makes current native distrust of government motives and bargaining tactics in land-claims settlements all the more understandable and demonstrates that governments and the Canadian electorate have still to learn how to accommodate native aspirations for identity within the country's social and political framework.'
Jim Robb, Ottawa Citizen

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