- Paperback: 582 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised ed. edition (May 24, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802078583
- ISBN-13: 978-0802078582
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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'To reflect on Miller's text is to realize that the Indian residential school scandal in Canada is still in its early stages. Many crimes that were committed are still be ignored or covered up by those in authority.'(Tony Hall Catholic New Times)
'J.R. Miller is a highly regarded Saskatchewan historian, but he also has the makings of an outstanding coroner. In Shingwauk's Vision, he has autopsied the barely cooled corpse of the native residential school system. With clinical precision he has examined every aspect of a wrong-headed and catastrophic experiment in social engineering that lasted for three-and-a-half centuries before the federal government finally stepped in and pulled the plug in 1969. ... Miller's work is destined to be the reference work on this subject for years to come. As a thorough, reasoned, and illuminating look at a sorry chapter of Canadian history, it is required reading and long overdue.'(Brian Maracle Quill and Quire)
'Now Prof. J.R. Miller, an historian at the University of Saskatchewan, has written the first comprehensive history of the schools ... his extensive research leads him to provide a balance which has been missing in many other, more hastily arranged commentaries.'(Gerry Kelly Catholic Register)
'Miller has amassed more than a decade of research to provide the historical, factual basis for the headlines that have recently put this shameful episode in Canadian history into newspaper headlines.'(Halifax Daily News)
'Cumulatively, Miller's book has the impact of the depiction of a death camp: horrifying, unrelenting, inhuman, impossible. It is difficult not to turn away.'(Leslie Hall Pinder The Vancouver Sun)
'Miller's book invites not only the government and the churches but the entire Canadian populace to face more honestly their historical encounter with the First Nations.'(Achiel Peelman Catholic New Times)
'Miller deplores the sensational approach taken by the media and gives all sides their due. ... But the weight of his findings condemns the system, and ultimately Miller fixes the blame on all of us. ... He warns that in the explosive climate of today's race relations, the "convenient amnesia" of the past can no longer be avoided.'(Verne Clemence NeWest Review)
'In the opinion of this reviewer, there has not been - nor is there likely to be - as complete an inquiry and as trustworthy a standard for evaluating the Native residential school phenomenon as this exhaustive and engaging treatise.'(Wayne A. Holst Arctic)
'Once again Miller has done his homework. Shingwauk's Vision presents a collection of chapters that will set a new precedent for truth and circumstance. ...Miller's book provides a significant and detailed view of the residential school. He pulls no punches in telling the story nor does he hold back the tough questions and comments that come from his subjects. His 15 years of interest, thought and research paid off when he penned Shingwauk's Vision. At last, a realistic view of what really went wrong with the residential school concept.'(John Copley Alberta Native News)
'In Shingwauk's Vision Miller creates a tapestry where previously there existed only snapshots, and his work may well change the way in which the whole residential school debate is framed.'(Dennis Gruending Ottawa Citizen)
'[Miller] has deepened his approach as a scholar and as an engaged participant in the unfolding life of Indian Country. His analysis goes well beyond the intellectually-limiting constraints of the racially-defined invention of American social scientists known as "Indian-White relations." He conveys a more sophisticated, subtle and comprehensive sense of his subject's often complex, overlapping and intertwined ideas and identities that frequently defy easy categorization.'(Tony Hall LRC: The Literary Review of Canada)
'What a read! Miller, in his historical documentation of the Native Residential Schools provides us with the most comprehensive interpretation of residential schools so far written.'(Shirley Harding Anglican Journal)
About the Author
J.R. Miller is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to Indigenous peoples including Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens and Shingwauk’s Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.
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