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Jim Miller B.A., M.A., Ph.D. F.R.S.C.

History professor emeritus

Arts N/A

About me

PUBLICATIONS (last five years)


Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009

 “Dealing with Residential School Survivors: Reconciliation in International Perspective,” Australasian Canadian Studies, 26, no. 1, 2008

“’We Are Sorry’” The Canadian Government Apology for Residential Schooling,” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture, and Society, 46, no. 2, spring 2009

 “Which ‘Native’ History? By Whom? For Whom?” Association for Canadian Studies, Canadian Issues, Fall 2008


"Compact, Contract, Covenant: The Evolution of Indian Treaty-Making," Ted Binnema and Susan Neylan, eds., New Histories for Old: Changing Perspectives in Canada's Native Pasts, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. [November 2007])

"Residential Schools," The Canadian Encyclopedia (accepted 24 June 2007)

"'It's Our Country': First Nations' Participation in the Indian Pavilion at Expo '67," with Myra Rutherdale, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association online [spring 2007]

Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada's Treaty-Making Tradition The Michael J. Keenan Lecture 2003 (Saskatoon: St. Thomas More College 2007)
Special Thematic Issue on Native-Newcomer Relations: Comparative Perspectives, Native Studies Review, 16:1 2005 (Guest Editor)

"Louis Riel," The New Book of Knowledge, 2005, 232.

"Dumont, Gabriel," World Book Encyclopedia (accepted 9 June 2004)

Reflections on Native-Newcomer Relations: Selected Essays (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004)

Lethal Legacy: Current Native Controversies in Canada. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004)

"Aboriginal Enfranchisement," "Equal Rights Association," "Indian Treaties," "Indian-White Relations," "Oka Crisis," "Residential Schools," and "Royal Proclamation of 1763," Oxford Companion to Canadian History (Toronto: Oxford Canada, 2004)

"Aboriginal Policy and People (Canada)," John M. Herick and Paul H. Stuart, eds., The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History (Sage Publications, Inc. 2004)

"History, the Courts and Treaty Policy: Lessons from Marshall and Nisga'a," Jerry P. White, Paul Maxim and Dan Beavon, eds. Aboriginal Policy Research. Vol. 1: Setting the Agenda for Change (Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing 2004).

"Petitioning the Great White Mother: First Nations' Organizations and Lobbying in London," Phillip Buckner, ed., Canada and the End of Empire (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press fall 2004)

"Indian Residential Schools, Canada," Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press 2004)

"D'Alton McCarthy," "Sir W.R. Meredith," and "Louis Riel," New Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press 2004)



History 264.3, Introduction to the History of Native-Newcomer Relations to 1880
History 265.3, Introduction to the History of Native-Newcomer Relations 1880-Present
History 451.6, History of Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada
History 859.3 (02), Indian Treaties in Canada
History 859.3 (04), Post-Confederation Canadian History
History 898.3 (02), Indian Treaties in Canadian History
History 898.3 (03), Canadian Indian Policy, 1755-2006
PRESENTATIONS (last five years)

"Archivists, Historians, and Residential Schools,” Keynote Address, Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference, Calgary, 15 May 2009


“Reconciliation with Residential School Survivors: A Progress Report,” Aboriginal Policy Research Conference, Ottawa, 9 March 2009

“Aboriginal-Crown Treaty-Making in Canada: A Many-Splendoured Thing,” Aboriginal Policy Research Conference, Ottawa, 8 March 2009

“Whose ‘Native’ History? By Whom? For Whom?” Association for Canadian Studies Annual Conference, Quebec City, 24 Oct. 2008

“So, What’s A White Guy Like You Doing Researching Residential Schools?” 2008 Western Canadian Deans of Arts and Science Conference, Saskatoon, 22 Sept. 2008

“History of Native Residential Schools,” Adjudicators’ Training Course, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, Calgary, 15 Sept. 2008

“Dealing with Residential School Survivors: Reconciliation in International Perspective,” ACSANZ 08 Conference, University of Queensland, Australia, 2 July 2009

“Canada’s Experiment with Reconciliation: Tending the Wounds of Residential Schooling,” The Australian Institute of International Affairs, Sydney, Australia, 27 June 2008

 “Texts and Context: Historical Research and Judicial Interpretation of Early Canadian Treaties,” ‘Writing and Rewriting Native History and Why it Matters’ workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 18 April 2008

 “Implementing Treaties: A Diverse Challenge,” Assembly of First Nations and Government of Canada Treaty Implementation Conference,” Saskatoon, 26 March 2008

 “Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada’s Treaty-Making Tradition,” First Annual Chiniki Lecture on First Nations History, University of Calgary, 1 March 2008

 “History of Residential Schools,” Adjudicators’ Workshop, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, Calgary, 19 Nov. 2007


"Spectacle and Policy: The Indian Pavilion at Expo 67," 'New Day Dawning': The Global Sixties Conference, Queen's University, 13 June 2007

"Skip Ray 101: A Student Evaluation," 'New Directions in Métis and Aboridinal History: A Conference Symposium in Honour of Arthur J. Ray,' University of British Columbia, 27 April 2007

"Reconciling History and Law," ' Sui Generis Litigation: Reconciling History and Law' Conference, Department of Justice - University of British Columbia, 22 Feb. 2007

"The State of the Art in Treaty Historiography," Manitoba Treaty Relations Commission Treaty Researchers' Think TAnk, Winnipeg, 27 Jan. 2007

"The Campaign to Turn Aboriginal Peoples into Agrarian Societies,"Agrigultural History Society Annual Meeting, MIT, Cambridge, Mass., 16 June 2006
(with Myra Rutherdale) "'It's Our Country': First Nations and the Indian Pavilion at Expo '67," Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, York University, 30 May 2006

"Native Residential Schools in Canada" and (one of two participants in a Dialogue on) "Taking on the System: Decolonising Indigenous Education - Experiences, Insights, and Perspectives on from Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand," ACSANZ 06 Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12 and 13 April 2006

"Historical Methodology and Aboriginal Oral History," Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 'Oral History Workshop,' Ottawa, 2 December 2005

"Native-Newcomer Relations," Association for Canadian Studies 'New Frontiers in our History: 100 Years of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Confederation -- The Past and Future' Conference, Edmonton, 29 October 2005

"Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada's Treaty-Making Tradition," The John Hayes Jenkinson Lecture, Algoma University College, Sault Ste Marie, 13 October 2005

"State Action and the Construction of Aboriginal Identity," 'Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Activism, Politics' Conference, University of Alberta, 27 August 2005

"The Multiple Meanings of Canada's Indian Treaties," 'The British Worlds IV' Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, 16 July 2005

"Residential Schools and the Corrections System," Church Council on Justice and Corrections Annual General Meeting, Eston, SK, 28 May 2005

"The Multiple Meanings of Canada's Indian Treaties," Pacific Northwest Indian Treaties in National and International Perspective Conference, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle, 14 May 2005

"In Many Guises: Variety in Canadian Treaty-Making," Native-Newcomer Relations: Treaty-Making in Canadian History Conference, Saskatoon, 7 May 2005

"Treaty-Making in Canadian History," 'Paths to Success,' Annual Aboriginal Awareness Event, SIAST Woodlands Campus, Prince Albert, 27 April 2005

"Compact, Contract, Covenant: Canada's Treaty-Making Tradition with Aboriginal Peoples," Canadian Studies Seminar, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 22 March 2005

"Transferred from the Great Mother's Care to the Provincial Authorities': First Nations and the New Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan," Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 18 March 2005

"Historical Overview of Canadian Residential Schools" and "Reflections on Reconciliation," Reconciliation: Taking Wrongs Seriously Workshop, Menno Simons College, Winnipeg, 11 March 2005

"The Multiple Meanings of Canada's Indian Treaties," Keynote Speech to Historic Treaties Symposium, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, 1 December 2004

"Residential Schools: A Historical Overview," Alternative Dispute Resolution Adjudicators' Workshop, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, Regina, 19 November 2004

"'Victoria's Red Children' The 'Great White Queen Mother' and Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada," Keynote Speech, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada Annual Conference, Saskatoon, 14 October 2004

"Reflections on Native-Newcomer Relations," Anshohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, Saskatoon, 29 September 2004

"From Massey to Metamorphosis?: Canada's Granting Councils in the Human Sciences," Hildafest: The Work and World of Hilda Neatby, Saskatoon, 27 March 2004

"Promise and Reality: Treaty Negotiations vs Treaty Implementation," Miyo-Wicehtowin Gathering: Treaty Awareness and Community Building, Saskatoon, 20 March 2004


In general, the history of Native-newcomer relations in Canada, with particular attention to treaties and to government and church policies.