Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada by J. R. Miller, professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, offers readers an overview of the history and nature of treaty making by First Nations with Great Britain and the Canadian government from the early period of trade and commerce to more recent twentieth century agreements such as James Bay and the Sahtu Dene and Metis Agreement. He describes the nature of early agreements that used wampum to conclude treaties of peace and friendship.
Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada is the newly revised third edition by J. R. Miller. A professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, Miller has made substantial additions to his comprehensive 1989 text. Miller views Indian-White relations within a four-stage framework. His original thesis remains unchanged but his revisions acknowledges the changes from Oka in 1990, the sovereignty issue, and the results of several recent court decisions such as Delgamuukw.
Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools is the essential resource for anyone interested in understanding the residential school system in Canada. Miller describes the foundations of the institution as beginning in seventeenth-century New France, its development in the 1880s, and its eventual phasing-out in the 1960s. Topics covered include instruction, work and recreation, care and abuse, and the growing resistance to the system on the part of students and their families.
Sweet Promises: A Reader in Indian-White Relations in Canada is a collection of 26 previously published articles concerned with the nature of Indian-White relations in the various regions of Canada from the days of New France to the present. Historians contributed most of these previously published essays.