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Indigenous in the City

Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation

Research on Indigenous issues rarely focuses on life in major metropolitan centres. Instead, there is a tendency to frame rural locations as emblematic of authentic or “real” Indigeneity. While such a perspective may support Indigenous struggles for territory and recognition, it fails to account for large swaths of contemporary Indigenous realities, including the increased presence of Indigenous people in cities. The contributors to this volume explore the implications of urbanization on the production of distinctive Indigenous identities in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Australia. In doing so, they demonstrate the resilience, creativity, and complexity of the urban Indigenous presence.

428 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction / Evelyn Peters and Chris Andersen

Part 1: Aboriginal Urbanization in Canada

1 The Urbanization of Aboriginal Populations in Canada: A Half Century in Review / Mary Jane Norris, Stewart Clatworthy, and Evelyn Peters

2 Urban Aboriginality as a Distinctive Identity, in Twelve Parts / Chris Andersen

3 Breaching Reserve Boundaries: Canada v. Misquadis and the Legal Creation of the Urban Aboriginal Community / Yale D. Belanger

4 “I Basically Mostly Stick with My Own Kind”: First Nations Appropriation of Urban Space in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Evelyn Peters and Carol Lafond

5 Being Métis: Exploring the Construction, Retention, and Maintenance of Urban Métis Identity / Ronald F. Laliberte

6 Laying the Groundwork for Co-Production: The Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, 1968-82 / Pamela Ouart and the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre

7 Increasing the Depth of Our Civic Identity: Future Seeking and Place Making with Aboriginal Communities / Ryan Walker

Part 2: American Indian Urbanization in the United States

8 American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Environments / C. Matthew Snipp

9 “Being Indian in the City”: Generational Differences in the Negotiation of Native Identity among Urban-Based American Indians / Nancy Lucero

10 Dancing into Place: The Role of the Powwow within Urban Indigenous Communities / Jay T. Johnson

Part 3: Aboriginal Urbanization in Australia

11 Indigenous Urbanization in Australia: Patterns and Processes of Ethnogenesis / John Taylor

12 Aboriginal Identity and Place in the Intercultural Settings of Metropolitan Australia / Kelly Greenop and PaulMemmott

13 Aboriginal Youth, Work, and Aspiration in Sydn

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