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Indigenous women, work, and history :  1940-1980 /  Cover Image Book Book

Indigenous women, work, and history : 1940-1980 / Mary Jane Logan McCallum.


When dealing with Indigenous women’s history we are conditioned to think about women as private-sphere figures, circumscribed by the home, the reserve, and the community. Moreover, in many ways Indigenous men and women have been cast in static, pre-modern, and one-dimensional identities, and their twentieth century experiences reduced to a singular story of decline and loss. In Indigenous Women, Work, and History, historian Mary Jane Logan McCallum rejects both of these long-standing conventions by presenting case studies of Indigenous domestic servants, hairdressers, community health representatives, and nurses working in “modern Native ways” between 1940 and 1980.Based on a range of sources including the records of the Departments of Indian Affairs and National Health and Welfare, interviews, and print and audio-visual media, McCallum shows how state-run education and placement programs were part of Canada’s larger vision of assimilation and extinguishment of treaty obligations. Conversely, she also shows how Indigenous women link these same programs to their social and cultural responsibilities of community building and state resistance. By placing the history of these modern workers within a broader historical context of Aboriginal education and health, federal labour programs, post-war Aboriginal economic and political developments, and Aboriginal professional organizations, McCallum challenges us to think about Indigenous women’s history in entirely new ways.

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  • ISBN: 9780887557385
  • Physical Description: xiv, 320 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-312) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Sweeping the Nation: Indigenous Women and Domestic Labour in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada -- The Permanent Solution: The Placement and Relocation Program, Hairdressers, and Beauty Culture -- An Early Labour History of Community Health Representatives, 1960-1970 -- Gaining Recognition: Labour as Activism among Indigenous Nurses -- Conclusion: The Wages of Whiteness and the Indigenous Historian -- Bibliography -- Index.
Subject: Native women > Canada > Economic conditions > 20th century.
Native women > Canada > Social conditions > 20th century.
Native women > Employment > Canada > History > 20th century.
Native women > Canada > History > 20th century.
Native women > Employment > Canada > History > 20th century > Case studies.
Canada > Economic conditions > 1945-

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Legislative Library, Vaughan Street E 98 .W8 McC (Text) 36970000994501 Manitoba Heritage Collection Not holdable Onsite consultation -

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