We Are All Treaty People

J.R. (Jim) Miller, Ph.D., FRSC

Jim Miller is the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations and a Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. After completing his post-secondary education at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of History in 1970, where he has taught ever since save for a year as Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies in Japan in 1982-83.

Miller’s research and teaching deal with the history of relations over the past four centuries between indigenous and immigrant peoples in Canada. Its principal focus is on policy issues, particularly policies of the federal government and Christian churches directed at Aboriginal peoples, especially First Nations, and the indigenous peoples’ responses to such policies. His nine books include works on the general history of Native-newcomer relations (Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada 1989; 3rd ed. 2000); the history of residential schools (Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools, 1996), and the history of treaty-making (Compact, Contract, Covenant: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in Canada, 2009). His current research is on Reconciliation with and for Residential School Survivors.

Miller’s publications and public presentations have earned many prizes and other forms of recognition. For example, Shingwauk’s Vision was the recipient of the J.W. Dafoe Prize for the best book that explains a public policy issue in 1997. He served as President of The Canadian Historical Association in 1996-97, was appointed to the governing board of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 1998 for a six-year term; and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998. In 2005 he received the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan, and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. SSHRC awarded him its Gold Medal for Achievement in Research in 2010, and in 2012 he became an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.